Shingles – An Introduction to Roofing Materials


Basic Information on Shingles as Roofing Materials

Every man’s home is his own castle.  Every woman’s home is her own castle.  Regardless of ownership within the castle, it is vitally important to install shingles on one’s roof with the best possible products on the market today, but doing so at lowest cost is always in best taste.

When shingle shopping for the roof replacement of any home, it is very important to keep in mind the final goal in mind for the property that needs the replacement of a roof.  Do you want to sell your property in the near future?  Are you waiting until right before or after retirement?  Is the plan to stay in the property you’re in right now for the rest of your life and pass it down to your children or a close relative?  Knowing where you want to go with the roof of your home is the first step in any shingle buying and replacing decision-making.

Types of Shingles

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Shingles come in just about any style and are made from many materials including; wood, steel, aluminum. However, the most common (and likely to already be on your roof and ready for replacement) is asphalt.  Wood shingles are the cheapest material one can roof a home with, but also need constant replacement.  Any metal shingle will be the most durable, but not always the best idea. Plus they are extremely expensive to install and maintain. Asphalt tends to be the most durable and longest lasting for the cost of replacement of all roofing materials on the market. Check your local Home Depot for a variety of types.

There are still various styles and types of asphalt shingles, which depend on those questions I asked in the beginning of the article.  The better quality shingle bought, the longer the roof will last.  Many of these asphalt-shingled roofs can last over one hundred years!  For more roofing on roofing nails, read this article. It all just depends how much a homeowner wants to spend in taking care of their property, and what the overall plan for that property might be.  Remember  though, plans always change!

Matthew B. Scudder