With so many options in roof shingles available on the market, it’s not always easy to know which roof shingle will be the most economical, the most durable, or the most environmentally friendly. Of course, you want to find the perfect one for your home that is all of these things.
Here is a roof shingle comparison to help you out:
Wood Shingle Roof
- Fire rating: Wood shingles may be Class A, B, or C, but additional treatments are needed to acquire a Class A fire rating.
- Durability: Wood shingles are most durable when they are treated with coatings to protect them from water and environmental damage. If installed and treated properly, they can last up to 20 years.
- Cost: Wood shingles are usually more expensive than other shingles, especially if they are made from an expensive type of wood. Additionally, repair and replacement are often expensive as well.
- Appearance: Wood shingles are unique. They will be the perfect fit for some homes and not others.
Metal Shingle Roof
- Fire rating: Metal roofs are the most fire-resistant options on the market. They are Assembly-Rated Class A.
- Durability: Metal roofing can last up to 70 years, making it one of the most durable options available.
- Cost: Depending on the type of metal chosen, a metal shingle roof is a more expensive option, but they also last two to three times longer than a traditional asphalt shingle roof.
- Appearance: Metal roofs come in a variety of colors and patterns, making them unique and customizable to your home.
Rubber Shingle Roof
- Fire rating: Depending on the type of rubber used and how it is treated, rubber shingles or shingles treated with rubber coating may be rated Class A, B, or C.
- Durability: If installed correctly and cared for properly, rubber shingle roofs can last up to 50 years, almost doubling the lifespan of the traditional asphalt shingle.
- Cost: Rubber shingles are more expensive than traditional shingles, but they last twice as long, and repairs are less frequent and less expensive.
- Appearance: A versatile roofing material, rubber roofing products are often made to look like traditional shingles.
Asphalt Shingle Roof
- Fire rating: When installed with a fiberglass underlayment, asphalt shingles can get to a Class A rating.
- Durability: Asphalt shingles can last about 20 years depending on what the shingles are made from, provided high-quality asphalt shingles are chosen.
- Cost: Cheap asphalt shingles are available, but these will require frequent replacement and repair, and they will significantly shorten the life of your roof. Higher quality options are more expensive, but they will last a long time.
- Appearance: These are the most common choice in shingles. They bring a traditional look to your home.
Which Type of Shingle Is Right for My Home?
Talk to a professional roofer from Four Seasons Roofing today to discuss your options and identify the best shingle for your home and your budget.