Shingles is a very popular style of roofing and come in many styles, materials, and sizes. All of the aspects have the ability if used the right way to make your roof look great and be just as strong as it looks. It is ok, to have a nice looking roof built if that roof is well built then that is even better. There six main roofing shingle styles that are available and we will take a look at them.

1. Composite:

Yes, you heard right, you can have a roof that is made of composite material which is a type of plastic. This type of material is very durable and requires special care and experience when installing. This type of material could cost you more than traditional roofing material and its poor for insulation purposes. The material can warp overtime from constant changes in temperature.

2. Clay / Concrete

This type of roof works best in climates that are often warm and sunny. These tiles come in various colors and are very energy efficient especially clay. Due to the weight of these tiles, the structure that will support them should be well built with very strong materials.

3. Slate:

Slate is known to have the longest lifespan of any roof and is considered one of the most leak-proof types of materials. This shingle can handle any type of weather and takes the longest before it actually shows signs of leakage.

4. Metal:

Metal is a very strong material to use but can suffer at the hands of age and decay. It is considered the lightest material of all and lasts longer than wood or asphalt. Depending on the type of metal used, especially the coated versions, your roof could last 75 years.

5. Wood:

Wood shingles were once the most popular used shingles, but these would wear out over years of sun, rain, and snow. Termites are another problem, which means that this type of shingle would require constant treatment. This type of shingle could easily become firewood as there is nothing to prevent it from burning quickly.
6 Asphalt: Asphalt is one of the cheapest materials and most widely used shingles. It isn’t limited to the roof but can also be used on the sides of buildings. It finds the going tough when the temperature rises and falls regularly.

All of the above tiles have their pros and cons. The possibility of lasting longer all depends on where you use this type of shingles. It is important to ask for professional so you know what works best where. Your roofing contractor will be able to help guide you.