What are the 5 Main Styles of Residential Roofing Systems?
When deciding to re-roof or build a new home, you may be inclined to begin your roofing research by exploring different roofing materials. However, because modern roofing materials come in a variety of styles, it may be better to explore the kind of look you like best and then decide on what kind of material best suits your needs and budget.
Here are the 5 Main Styles of Residential Roofing Systems:
Architectural Asphalt Shingles or Traditional 3-Tab Shingles are what you will see on the vast majority of homes in America because they are the least expensive option. The terms Asphalt, Architectural Asphalt, Asphalt Composite, Fiberglass Asphalt, and Asphalt Composition all refer to a similar type of product. However, 3-Tab Shingles refer to an older looking style of asphalt shingles that are not as durable or aesthetically pleasing as newer styles and materials. The asphalt shingle stye of roofing is arguably the least attractive and lowest quality option available in today’s market. Nevertheless, many higher-end asphalt shingles are quite attractive. Even so, the best looking, and most durable shingle style roofing products, are made from Stone Coated Steel or Stamped Metal.
Real wood shake shingles have been used on homes for a very long time and have a high-end and classic look. They generally last much longer than asphalt shingles. However, as natural wood shakes age, they will inevitably split, warp, fall off, and could eventually make a home look old and shabby. Wooden shingles can be destroyed by hail and pose a fire hazard. Many insurance companies will not insure buildings with real wood shake roofing. Thus, real wood shakes have declined in popularity over the past several decades. However, you still can obtain this same timeless look through a variety of state-of-the-art stone coated steel, stamped metal, composite, and concrete products.