Determining the Difference Between 3 Shingle Materials

Perhaps you’re a first-time homeowner looking to make a change in the property you just closed on. Otherwise, perhaps you’re a long-time homeowner who is looking to upgrade and strengthen your old roof with new materials.

In either case, there’s a strong likelihood you’ve considered the possibility of shingles as you sit down to strategize.

But what different types of shingles are on the market? And how do you determine which is best suited to your property? Allow us to shed light on some of the top three shingle materials found today and how they differ from one another:

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are all but a classic in modern America. Lauded for an ideal blend of affordability and functionality, most property owners find the general fire and weather-resistant properties of asphalt shingles to suit their needs perfectly.

“Asphalt shingles are popular because they blend looks, longevity, and a reasonable price,” according to Consumer Reports, “and they’re typically the easiest to install, saving you money on labor costs as well.”

Additionally, asphalt shingles can be customized to fit your home’s overall color palette, thereby enhancing its curb appeal. Plus, as this material is durable, it will not fade in the Florida sun, thereby retaining its aesthetic quality.

Wood & Wood Shake Shingles

While wooden shingles themselves are quite precise and smooth in their overall shape, wood shake shingles differ in that they are a more rough, uneven shape and texture (and yes, this is intentional).

In either case, wood-derived shingles are often favored for their rustic appearance and are commonly made from either redwood or cedar. Additionally, considering they are sourced from a natural resource, some may find themselves drawn to this eco-friendly roofing option.

The problem? They’re not quite as resistant under extreme conditions.

“One of the major downsides to installing real wood shingles, however, is that they are more prone to fire damage than other types of roofing and cannot achieve a Class A fire rating,” Owens Corning explains.

Stone-Coated Steel Shingles

Stone-coated steel shingles offer both the strength and durability of metal in addition to the traditional appearance many so often prefer asphalt for.

And while many property owners may fear the weight this material may put on their roof at the mere sound of the name, rest assured that stone-coated steel shingles are actually lightweight, long-lasting, and require minimal maintenance.

What’s more, these shingles are customizable and energy-efficient, rendering them a perfect choice for enhanced property personalization.

And speaking of personalized products and services, Universal Roof & Contracting understands that you deserve the highest-quality roofing solutions available. That’s why, no matter the shingle type you have or would like to have, we can help!

With over 28 years’ worth of experience assisting property owners in Central Florida and Jacksonville with their roofing needs, you can rest easy knowing that we’re equipped to:

  • Thoroughly inspect your roof
  • Guide you in the direction of the best material for your home
  • Safely and securely install new roofing materials
  • And more

To learn more or get started with your FREE roofing inspection today, simply contact our team by calling 855-ROOF-HELP! Once you work with us, you’ll see that the difference is universal.