There a many styles of shingles when it comes to roofing. While most of us don’t give our roof a second (or even a first!) thought, we all notice roofs that are unattractive. A beautiful roof adds to a house’s curb appeal as well as its value.
The most common roofing material is asphalt shingles and they can be found on nearly 80% of all houses in North America. They are inexpensive but they need the most maintenance. On the other hand, they are easy to repair, fire resistant and come in many colors. You can find asphalt roofing shingles in many different shapes, too, from square to diamond shaped. One drawback of asphalt shingles is that they are prone to mold and moss, especially in humid climates.
One style of roof shingle that is very popular is concrete roof tiles. These are the type of shingles you see on homes in the American Southwest or along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. They are used on mission and prairie style homes, too. Concrete roof shingles are tough, good looking and durable; a roof with these shingles is often called a tile roof. You can get them in more than a dozen different colors to complement your home. These shingles are fireproof, non-combustible and easy to maintain. They resist winds more than 150 MPH and the strongest hail and rain. Concrete roof shingles are energy efficient and most companies warranty them for 50 years.
Another attractive style of roofing is wood shingles, also called “shake” shingles. They are lightweight and easy to install but their use has diminished due to their combustible nature. They have a natural beauty that’s hard to duplicate and as they age they become a beautiful weathered gray color. However, they do tend to rot, split, grow mold and mildew in humid climates and will dry out and get brittle in arid zones. Wood shingles are beautiful, are good insulators and are easy to repair or replace.