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Different types of roofing shingles

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Roof shingles are quite important to your home; they protect your home against any kind of weather. Shingles come in various types, some of them being asphalt shingle, wood shingle, slate shingle, asbestos cement shingle and asphalt shingle. In the US, the most common type of roofing material is fiber glass based asphalt shingle. Wood and paper based asphalt shingles are now out of the norm due to risk of fire.

Over the years, singles have been made up of various materials such as wood shingles, slate shingles, asbestos cement shingles, slate tile shingles and wood shingle. Due to increased fire hazards wood, and paper based asphalt single have become less common that fiberglass based asphalt shingles used today. In the United State fiber glass based asphalt shingles are by far the most common type of roofing material used. The type of shingle one may go for also depends on the climate a person lives in, the maintenance required and the kind of protection that is offered.

Asphalt Shingles
Also called composition shingles, they are popular, cheap and quite durable. Once you install them, they can easily last for about 25 to 30 years. They so tough, that you can walk on them without any problem. Besides, they are quite resistant to fire and come in variety of styles and colors.

Cedar shingles
Cedar shingles have been in the vogue for a long time. They are good looking and come in variety of colors like honey, silver gray etc and give an aesthetic touch to your home. However the flip side is that they are not resistant to fire and may require regular cleaning and care. The appearance can also fade away rather quickly.

Slate shingles
Slate can be quite costly and is known to be the most stylish and chic of all roofing material. Slate comes in a variety of colors, textures and shapes. The roofs are not only durable but with proper maintaining, they can last for close to hundred years. Besides, they are resistant to weather, insects, fire etc. The only thing you have to ensure is that since the slate is heavy, the roof should be able to maintain the extra weight.

Wood shingles
Wooden shingles are possibly the oldest roofing material in America, considering wood was one of the oldest material for construction. These shingles are light weight, can be installed easily with simple tools. Now fire resistant shingles have made wood based shingles out of fashion. There are two types of shingles in this category: shakes and shingles. Wood may give a good look but it does require lots of maintenance, besides; it is susceptible to rot and insect prone damage.

Clay tile shingles

Clay tile shingles are more popular in warmer areas like California and Florida. Clay tiles make for very good resistance to fire and are also quite durable. They do not absorb the heat of the sun as do other materials for roofing. Clay shingles available in interlocking and overlapping varieties are however not really a good choice in colder climate areas, because they can be prone to water damage.

Concrete Shingles
Concrete shingles that had asbestos were once good for fireproof and protection but the health hazards that accompany asbestos use like asbestos cancer have made many roofing contractors opt out of this material. Now, what is used is concrete shingles with cement and sad. This type of roofing is quite durable and long lasting and does not need much maintenance. They are also light weight and cannot be broken easily irrespective of extreme temperature, fire or high flying winds.