The 5 Major Types of Shingles

Your roof’s shingles are there to protect your house. They’re a barrier against water, snow and ice, and they seal in conditioned air while blocking out pests and other undesirables. And although you mainly see asphalt shingles – particularly on older homes – there are more than a dozen types of shingles you can choose on your roof. The five major types of shingles are:

  • Asphalt
  • Tile
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Slate


Types of Shingles

Asphalt shingles are generally considered the most popular type, and they’re what you see in most subdivisions in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. However, you can choose between more than a dozen different shingle types when you’re re-roofing your home. Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common types.


Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of sizes, colors and styles, and a lot of them even meet Energy-Star standards. Usually, these types of shingles are best on roofs with steep slopes. Asphalt shingles are generally the most affordable types of shingles, and they’re made to last between 20 and 30 years.


Tile shingles pack a powerful style punch. Because they’re available in a wide range of colors (remember, lighter colors help keep things cooler), they allow you to customize your home’s appearance. You might see them on Mediterranean- or Spanish-style homes. They’re a little costlier than asphalt shingles are, but some are designed to last for up to 80 years.


Wood shingles are, cost-wise, the go-between for asphalt and tile. They’re environmentally friendly and durable, and they usually last between 30 and 50 years. Wood shingles are often energy efficient, too. The biggest drawback is that they’re more likely to catch fire than other types of shingles are.


Metal roofing is really sturdy – it can usually last about 50 years with the proper care. When you choose a low-galvanized metal, it’s typically pretty affordable, too. You can choose copper, tin, zinc or aluminum, as well. Just remember that a metal roof will be a bit noisier than one with asphalt or wood shingles when it rains or hails.


Slate shingles are really resistant to damage, and they’ll last for between 80 and 100 years – but they’re a lot more expensive than other types of shingles are. They can be expensive to repair, too. Slate is heavy, so it’s not always a good match for every home type (or every roof type, for that matter).

Are You Thinking of Getting a New Roof?

The style and type of roof you install on your home can have a major impact on its curb appeal and resale value – and new roofing, in general, can lower your heating and cooling bills, make your home more resilient, and prevent problems that arise from old, damaged roofing.

If you’re thinking about getting a new roof, call us at 872-454-4400 right now to schedule a free inspection anywhere in Dallas, Frisco, Denton or elsewhere in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. We’ll schedule a good time to check your existing roof and give you a custom quote for what you need.


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