Shingle roofing is probably the most common method of roofing in the United States. Why are shingles so popular? Generally, shingles are inexpensive to mass produce and easy to install, they’re available virtually everywhere, and are suited for most climates. But what is the difference in quality among different types of shingles? Is it possible to end up with low-quality shingles that won’t last long? Or overpay for a level of quality you don’t really need? If you’re looking to put a new roof on your house, these are important questions to address. This blog post will briefly discuss some quality differences in roofing shingles, so you’ll be able to choose a quality product without paying too much!
According to Home Advisor, dimensional roofing shingles are the highest quality shingles available on the market—and therefore the most expensive. Made from fiberglass or synthetic slate, dimensional tiles are laminated and give your roof a 3-dimensional look (as opposed to traditional single-layer asphalt shingles). These tiles are also lighter weight than asphalt shingles. If you can afford it, dimensional roofing tiles will look the best, give your home a unique style, and provide the best protection.
Three-tab shingles are the least expensive, but are lower quality and don’t last very long. Because of their short life span, three-tab shingles are now much less popular. If you have the means to invest a little bit more into your roof, you might want to choose higher-quality layered shingles to avoid future disappointment and additional roofing costs. After all, the roof is protecting your home—and you—from the elements!
However, there are still quality options among asphalt shingles. A newer option on the market becoming more popular is fiberglass shingles, which provide a higher quality yet relatively inexpensive alternative to cheaper asphalt shingles. These are lighter, slimmer, and more eco-friendly than traditional asphalt shingles. Fiberglass shingles use less asphalt and are more resistant to fire. Generally, fiberglass shingles will only cost about 10% more than three-tab shingles but provide a significantly higher level of quality and eco preservation. Fiberglass shingles are a great value for any home!
Organic shingles are also popular, which are usually made with a mix of paper, wood, and cellulose combined with asphalt. These “organic composite” roofing tiles are thicker and more rigid than fiberglass shingles. However, these shingles are best suited for colder environments and are more likely to warp in warmer regions. These are more expensive than fiberglass shingles, but are a better choice if you live in a colder region like the Northeast.
Warranties are also an important consideration in determining your roofing budget. Even if you choose lesser-quality shingles, many roofing companies will offer a warranty to replace warped or damages tiles over a certain period of time. If you’re on a tight budget, this might be the best option—you can pay less on the front end and have your tiles replaced by the company as needed.
If you want, you can pay more for the highest quality protection and style in roofing tiles. However, you can get more bang for your buck with quality fiberglass shingles that will sufficiently protect your home and save on energy costs at a much lower price