Explaining The Types of Roof Shingles

Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 5:27 pm , By C Plus Roofing

Not all roofing shingles are created equal. They are available in many different styles, types, and materials. Shingles are designed to provide your roof with protection against the elements – rain, snow, wind. They also act as a waterproofing barrier against water. The style and type of shingle you choose can have a big impact on your roof performance, cost, durability and reliability. They can also affect the look of your home.

Here we take a look at the types of roof shingles available to Canadian homeowners:

Types of Roof Shingles

There are many different types of roofing shingles you could choose for your home. The most popular include:

  • Asphalt shingles: The most popular type of shingle used today.
  • Slate shingles: Slate shingles are durable and ecofriendly. However, they can be heavy and expensive to install.
  • Tile shingles: They are known for durability, but add weight to your roof. The cost can be expensive. They can be created using many materials such as ceramic, metal, concrete, copper, composite, and polymer sand.
  • Wood shingles: Wood shingles and wood shakes have been around for centuries. They offer good insulation and can be used to enhance the home design.

While there are many types to choose from, you cannot beat the quality, ease of installation, durability and pricing of asphalt shingles. This is why they are used on the majority of homes across Canada today. They can withstand the weather and Canadian climate, protect your home and they are a cost-effective option.

Other shingle options can be cost-prohibitive, have limited options, are challenging to repair once installed and have other drawbacks.

3 Types of Asphalt Roofing Shingles

There are three main types of asphalt shingles to choose from:

  • 3-Tab Shingles: These are your standard type of asphalt shingle that is installed on most roofs. They are rectangular, have countless colour options, are easy to install, and are often your cheapest asphalt single option.
  • Architectural Shingles: These shingles are a higher quality asphalt shingle. They are available in a wide variety of colours. They are known for being more durable, have a better design look, and are more equipped to deal with high winds and other incremental weather conditions. Architectural shingle designs can also mimic the style of slate, tile and wood.
  • Hip and Ridge Shingles: These are a specialized type of shingle that is used and formed over the hip or ridge of the roof. They can be used in conjunction with 3 tab and architectural shingles to and provide more protection against the weather and give your roof a more polished look.

Read More About Roofing Shingles

Get more great information about roofing shingles and the impact they can have on your roof by reading these blog posts:

Residential Asphalt Roof Shingles – What Are They Made Of?

Worn Out Singles? Do You Need Roof Repair or Roof Replacement?

Shingled Roofs in Ontario – How Often Should You Replace Your Home’s Roof Shingles?

6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof Shingles


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