Should You Choose An Asphalt, Slate, Or Wood Shingle Roof?

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Determining what type of shingles to put on your roof isn't as simple as you may think. There are multiple types of roofing shingles available, which makes makes the choice difficult. Like everything else, all types roofing shingles have pros and cons. Knowing what makes each type of shingle different makes your choice a lot easier.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are extremely versatile and cost effective, which is why they are used on around 80 to 85 percent of residential buildings. In addition, there are also several other benefits to using asphalt shingles, including:

  • Moderate weight
  • Available in several colors
  • Can be made to resemble wood or slate shakes
  • Class A fire resistance
  • Decent wind resistance
  • Able to be used on low- or steep-sloped roofs

Asphalt shingles have a lot of good qualities. However, the material isn't the most environmentally friendly choice. Asphalt shingles can be recycled, as long as they are petroleum based. Unfortunately, many still end up in landfills once they surpass their lifespan. Also, when compared to other types of shingles, asphalt shingles have a fairly short lifespan. They typically last between 20 and 30 years.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they have a lot of great qualities, including:

  • Long lifespan -- between 80 and 100 years
  • Low water absorbance rate, making them ideal for houses in cold climates
  • Durable enough to hold up during wind or hail storms
  • Completely fireproof
  • Don't degrade, regardless of climate conditions
  • Can be recycled
  • Gives your home a unique appearance

Slate shingles are heavy, so you might have to beef up your roof structure to install a slate roof. Alternatively, you can purchase synthetic slate shingles, which resemble real slate. Synthetic slate shingles are also more cost effective and eco-friendly. However, they have a slightly shorter lifespan, which is estimated at between 60 and 80 years.

Wood Shingles

A wood shingle roof gives your home a distinct, rustic look, and with proper maintenance a wood-shingle roof can last up to 50 years. While wood shingles aren't a great option for people who live in areas prone to wildfires, people who live in four-season areas will appreciate the numerous benefits of wood shingles.

  • Light enough to be installed on a standard roofing frame
  • Provide natural insulation
  • Easy to install and simple to repair
  • Contain no pollutants, and are easily recyclable

It's important to note that wood shingles do need to be sealed annually to enhance the moisture protection. Also, owners should wash the surface of the roof on a regular basis to remove debris, mildew, and mold.

As long as you know the pros and cons of each option, it's easier to make an informed decision. However, if you need more advice, contact a professional like those at East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC.   


18 October 2015

 Pool Care Perfection

Before you decide on adding a pool to your backyard, you need to decide how you’re going to take care of the pool once it’s in. This is a very important part of the pool addition process, because you’re going to spend a lot more time on the upkeep of the pool than on the installation, and it’s important to have a plan in place. After years of pool ownership, I’ve learned a lot about how to take care of a pool, what you can do yourself, and what to leave to the pool professionals. I started this blog to help others learn what they need to know about pool care and maintenance. Take a deep breath and dive right in!