Roof Shingles 101

We Can Help You Select the Perfect Shingle for Your Home.

Your Shingle Selection is Imperative to the Performance of Your Roof System.

When it comes time to reshingle your roof, you may be taken back a bit at the wide variety of shingles that are available. In order to help you find the perfect fit for your home, consider the protection you’re looking for and the price you want to pay.

Standard Asphalt

These roof shingles are the most popular roofing choice in the country and can be seen on almost every roof you pass. They deliver minimal protection to your home, but they are also the most affordable selection. Asphalt shingles can last up to 15 years, and provide wind, rain, and hail protection, along with resistance to UV rays. However, these shingles are simply a second layer of your roofing system and can fall victim to serious damage.

Premium Asphalt Shingles

When you want the affordability of asphalt shingles, but are looking for a little more protection and dimension, consider premium varieties. These can include impact resistant shingles and architectural shingles and are slightly more pricey than standard versions. While architectural roof shingles provide more depth and dimension to your roof, they don’t provide much extra protection. However, since they have a singular design instead of sheets, they are easily repaired. Impact resistant shingles provide reinforced impact protection but offer no extra resistance to other hazards. These shingles also have wider designs to help them stay in place in severe weather.

Synthetic Shingles

These roof shingles offer the enhanced appearance of slate, tile, or wood, and deliver substantially more protection from the elements than standard asphalt. These shingle varieties are constructed from polymers to increase durability, longevity, and even fade resistance. While these shingles are more expensive than standard shingles, they deliver incredible protection and little maintenance.

Wood Shingles

While wood roof shingles and shakes deliver an unbeatable appearance, they are quite pricey and require heavy maintenance for optimal performance. These shingles provide excellent resistance to UV rays which can decrease your energy costs and can offer unbeatable impact resistance. However, heavy moisture and frequent rainfall can lead to problems with mold and mildew.

Metal Shingles

Though one of the most expensive choices, metal shingle systems offer unrivaled protection and durability. They can resemble the look of wood, tile, and even slate. Lasting upwards of 50 years, these lightweight shingles can stand up to water, UV rays, wind, impact, and more. While you can expect to pay a hefty upfront cost for this roof system, low maintenance and minimal repairs can help to offset the price over time.

Knowing what you want from your roof shingles can help to make your installation process smoother and less stressful. For complete guidance and installation of your new roof, call the Prusak Construction & Roofing, Inc. experts at __PHONE__ to schedule your consultation.