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Types of Shingles to Consider

When it comes to roofing, materials are everything. If it’s time to re-roof your home, choosing the right type of shingles is an important decision. It can make the difference between years of hassle-free protection from the elements and annual patch-ups. There are a variety of materials and styles available on the market, each with its own set of pros and cons. In this article, we will discuss the different types of shingles available and help you decide which is the best for your home!

Material Longevity

Make sure your new roof lasts 15 to 20 years. Quality asphalt shingles will last this long.

Don't Be

You get what you pay for. Make sure you don’t cut cost corners when it comes to your roofing materials.

the weather matters

Take into account the seasonality surrounding your home. The highs and lows of temperature matter.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material in the United States. They are made from a fiberglass or paper mat that is coated with asphalt and then covered with ceramic granules. Asphalt shingles tend to be the most affordable option, as far as material and installation costs are concerned. They are also a popular option because they come in countless shapes and colors to perfectly complement the style of your home. While asphalt shingles do have a lifespan of 15-30 years, they are not as durable as some other types of roofing materials.

In general, there are three main types of asphalt shingles. 3-tab asphalt, fiberglass asphalt, and architectural-style asphalt shingles.

Wooden Shingles

Wooden Shingles

Wooden shingles have been used for centuries and are still a popular choice for many homeowners. Wooden shingles are beautiful and add a unique look to your home. They are also very durable, lasting 30-50 years or more if properly maintained. The downside to wooden shingles is that they are more expensive than asphalt shingles and require more maintenance.

Slate Roof

Slate Shingles

Slate is a natural stone that has been used for roofing for hundreds of years. Slate is extremely durable, lasting 50-100 years or more with proper care. It is also very low maintenance and fire resistant. However, slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials on the market.

Metal Roof

Metal Shingles

Metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular due to its durability, low maintenance, and fire resistance. It comes in a variety of color options and is relatively easy to install. It is also lightweight, which makes it a great choice for lighter-framed homes that cannot support heavy roofing materials. Metal roofs can last 50-100 years or more but are prone to damage from hail and other falling debris. Another downside to metal roofing is that it can be extremely noisy during storms.

Orange tile roof shown in the shape of a circle

Tile Shingles

Tile roofing has been used in Europe for centuries and is now becoming more popular in the United States. Tile roofs are very durable, lasting 50-100 years or more with proper care. It is also low maintenance and fire resistant. However, tile roofs can be expensive and heavy, making them difficult to install on some homes.

At Clayton Hoover & Sons we only use top-of-the-line, asphalt shingles for our roofing jobs. As a CertainTeed ShingleMaster, we have earned a top-level credential that represents the highest standards of excellence, quality, and knowledge in the shingle roofing industry. We have over 75 years of expert experience roofing in the South Bend – Mishawaka, Indiana area. You can learn more about the roofing products we offer and their warranties at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and we will be happy to help you choose the right roofing material for your home. Thank you for reading!