What are the Different Types of Roof Shingles?

If you are planning to replace your roof or looking to rent a house, you must not only pay heed to aesthetics, but also make the decision wisely by reading up on the different type of roof shingles. Shingles are the overlapping covering of the roof and they come in different materials. They are flat, rectangular in shape and are laid from bottom to the top. Choosing the type of shingle is an important decision, and the experts at High Point Roofing in Pilesgrove, NJ have provided a list of different types of roof shingles and what you should expect from them.


Asphalt shingles are the most used roof covering material and 8 out of 10 homes use this type of shingle.

Pros: asphalt shingles have the ability to bear the weight of snow; they are fireproof and waterproof. They are easy on the pocket, lightweight and are suitable for a number of different types of slopes.

Cons: asphalt shingles are not durable as they may break loose if exposed to high winds and temperature fluctuations which may result in repair costs. Also, they are not environment-friendly and not suitable for humid climate areas.


Most suitable for houses in Northwest and Southeast of the United States, these shingles can range from steel to copper.

Pros: they are quite lightweight, energy efficient and low maintenance roof shingles. Metal shingles have good resistance to heat and are more durable than asphalt.

Cons: they can be pricey to moderately inexpensive, depending on the kind of metal used. Installation may take time and the metal will require painting.


Slate is a typical roof material for shingles suitable for houses located in the Midwest. A lot of old buildings have slate tiles on their roofs and when used in homes, it gives a regal touch to it.

Pros: Slate is eco-friendly as it is made of natural material and is recyclable. It has a long life span, looks aesthetically pleasant and has no leaks. Resistance to wind and fire is an added advantage.

Cons: these tiles are heavyweight, expensive and they need added framing during installation. Not suitable for all types of roofs because of their weight.


Typically made from cedar, pine or spruce wood, these are the best choice for houses located in the Great Plains.

Pros: wooden shakes are environment-friendly as they can be recycled. They are affordable, giving your home a naturally pleasant look in addition to providing insulation.

Cons: Wooden shingles are not fire resistant and are vulnerable to rotting and termites. For this reason, they need more maintenance than other materials and have a shorter lifespan.


Suitable for houses in the Southwest, this is a popular choice for modern homes.

Pros: Concrete is long lasting and fire resistant. It is less expensive than clay and available in a variety of colors.

Cons: Concrete is heavy weight which means it is not suitable for installation on different roof structures.

High Point Roofing is a GAF Master Elite Contractor located in and serving all of Southern New Jersey. Their team of experts install roofing, siding, windows, and gutters. Contact them for a free estimate on your next home project by calling 856.347.4700 or by messaging them on their easy-to-complete contact form.

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