Shingles 101

As a homeowner, you can feel very overwhelmed when you find out how many shingle options there are. From asphalt types to impact resistant, there are more choices than ever before. Knowing about your shingle choices can help you make an educated selection for your home’s roof.

Traditional Asphalt Shingles

These are the shingles on most homes. These shingle provide protection from wind, hail, and weather, but can be torn, weathered, and removed comparatively easily. However, asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing option available and offer a lifespan of up to 15 years.

Beefed Up 3-Tab Shingles

3-tab shingles are exactly what they sound like. They are shingles that have tabbed ends to provide a more dimensional look for your home. Many times, these shingles are slightly thicker than asphalt shingles, so can stand up to outside perils a little better.

Architectural Shingles

While these shingles are more costly than tradition or 3-tab shingles, they offer better protection and better appearance. These shingles are individual, so they appear much more dimensional on a roof. They are also equipped with more protection than standard shingles and offer easier repair methods.

Impact Resistant Shingles

As their name implies, these shingles are remarkably resistant to almost any impact it comes across. They are also available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and styles, so you’re sure to get the look you want.

Synthetic Shingles

These are the most durable, and most costly, of the shingles selections. They come with substantial protection against weather, water, debris, and even UV rays, and can mimic traditional roofing favorites like tile and slate.

While the shingle selection is vast, knowing what benefits are important to you will help you to make a good decision for your home’s roof. Call the professional roofers of Freetail Roofing at (512) 299-6576 to learn more about your shingle options or to find out about other roofing options.