5 Kinds of Shingles You Should Consider for Your Roofing Project

5 Kinds of Shingles You Should Consider for Your Roofing Project

Your roofing system plays a crucial role in the structure of your building. Although harsh weather conditions can have an impact on the strength of your roof, selecting quality roofing material can help to prolong the life of your roofing system. It’s also important to keep other factors such as durability and appearance in mind. It can sometimes be challenging for homeowners to choose the right roofing material because there are plenty to choose from. This blog points out a few commonly used roofing materials and their attributes, varieties, costs, and life expectancies.

1. Composite Roofing Shingles

Composite shingle roofs are the most common type of roof found on residential homes of today. They last about 20 to 30 years and are more flexible than the second type, allowing them to better resist damages caused by temperature shifts.

Fiberglass composite shingles, on the other hand, are made with a base of fiberglass, which is reinforced with a synthetic resin and coated with asphalt. Due to the fiberglass, they are a little harder than organic composite shingles and thus less able to withstand sudden temperature changes, where materials will expand and contract. Fiberglass composite shingles are more water resistant because of the resin coating.

2. Shake Roofing Shingles

Shake shingles are wood shingles made out of split logs. Wood shingles are a slightly more expensive choice but are more aesthetically pleasing due to their natural appearance. Available in a variety of choices like redwood and cedar, wood shingles are exponentially more durable and lasting than asphalt shingles. Depending on maintenance and care, a wood roof can last over 30 years and up to 50 years. The installation fee from a professional roofing company can range anywhere from $7,000 to $15,000 for wood shingles. Wood shingles do require more maintenance.

3. Standard Tile Roofing Shingles

Tile shingles tend to be one of the most expensive roofing materials to choose from. However, they are often preferred because of their attractive appearance and durability. Tile shingles are best for new roofing projects rather than replacing or re-roofing. A property must be strong and steady enough to handle the heavy weight of the tiles. Seek the opinion of a professional roofing expert if it would be advisable to choose tile shingles for your roofing project. Tile roofs can last for over 50 years. The cost of installation depends on any customizations. On average, a tile costs anywhere from $300 to $700, and a total renovation with tile shingles can have a cost ranging from $10,000 to $14,000.

4. TPO Roofing System

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membranes are one of the fastest growing commercial roofing products. They have gained popularity for their performance and installation advantages.  As demand increases for heat-reflective and energy efficient roofing systems, TPO roofing membranes provide resistance to ultraviolet, ozone and chemical exposure. TPO roofing is resistant of mold growth, dirt accumulation, tears, and punctures. It’s made to be flexible and can allow for a home’s movement or settling. You can expect to pay from $8.800 to $9,600 for the materials and installation of a TPO roofing system.

5. Lightweight Tile Roofing Shingles

The benefits of using lightweight concrete roof tiles include strength that can hold up through extreme wind and storms and cost.  Concrete roof tiles tend to last longer than other materials if installed correctly. While the cost of concrete roof tiles varies by region, manufacturer or other factors, you can expect to pay between $310 and $500 per square installed.


It can be very confusing for a homeowner who is trying to decide which roofing materials should go on top of their roof.  The professionals at My House Renovation can help you decide which materials are right for your property. If you have any questions get in touch with our professional roofing service providers at 916-331-5800.

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