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Shingles
Roofing shingles are a great addition to your home since they provide proper installation and even a protective barrier that can significantly increase your property’s value. Furthermore, they’re not only effective but quite an affordable way to cover your home.

Types of Shingles include:

1. Asphalt Shingles
Estimated Cost: $100-$150 each
Installation Cost: $1700-$8,400 each
These are most popular and affordable type of shingle. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles like weathered wood, Barkwood, slate, and charcoal. They can even save you on energy bills. However, they might not do too well with sudden changes in temperature, which might cause them to crack. They can also only be used on roofs with steep slopes.

2. Fiberglass Shingles
Installation Cost: $3800-$8000
Made from a fiberglass base mat with a waterproof coating, Fiberglass Shingles are another attractive option because they are lightweight, Fire-resistant, durable, resistant to harmful UV rays, and also very affordable. They also carry a longer warranty than other products in the market.

3. Organic Shingles
Made from wood chips, recycled cardboard, rags, paper, and other organic materials, organic shingles are waterproof and inexpensive. On the other hand, they are heavier than their fiberglass counterparts and won’t last as long. This might lead to some big issues in climates with high humidity or freezing temperatures.

4. You might also encounter 3-Tab Shingles and ask find yourself choosing between them and Architectural Shingles.

3-Tab Installation Cost: $2300-$5300
Architectural Installation Cost: $3800-$8000
Similar in lifespan to asphalt shingles (20-30 years), 3-Tab shingles are thinly made and low-priced compared to architectural shingles. You’ll easily recognize them from cut-outs on their bottom when you install them that make them look like 3 different shingles.
However, true architectural shingles have no cut-outs and have more curves. Moreover, they have extra asphalt that give them the similar layered look. They are very vulnerable on roofs with low slopes.

5. Tile Shingles
Estimated Cost: $300-$700
Installation Cost: $10,000-$14,000
Tile shingles are the most stylish in the group and can be molded into a variety of shapes and painted in lighter colors to keep them cool. You’ve probably seen them in colonial Spanish-style buildings. They can last up to 80 years but are also among the most expensive types of roofing.

6. Wood Shingles
Estimated Cost: $400-$700
Installation Cost: $7000-$15000
Wood shingles are priced between expensive tiles and lower priced asphalt. They can last about 30-50 years and are the most environmental friendly of the group. They’re also the most energy-efficient. On the other hand, they’re very prone to fire and termites.

7. Metal Roofing

Estimated Cost: $100-$1000 (based on material)
Installation Cost: $2000-$15,000
Made with either constructed or solid metal, metal roofing is a sturdy and long-lasting roofing option. Its also surprisingly affordable when low galvanized metal is used. You can also choose from aluminum, copper, tin, and zinc metals.

8. Slate Shingles
Estimated Cost: $200-$600
Installation Cost: $5000-$23,000
With a life expectancy of 80-100 years, slate shingles are indeed the option that will literally last you a lifetime. They also top the list in water and damage resistance, especially for extremely cold climates. They even come in popular colors such as black, gray, green, and red. On the other hand, they are expensive to buy and maintain. You also might not find them readily available.

Solar Shingles
Finally, solar shingles like the Tesla Solar Roof, are an investment that eventually pays for itself. Since your roof gets more sunlight than any other part of your house, a solar roof makes sense, offering a dual purpose of roofing and power source. They provide the same level of protection as conventional asphalt shingles, lasting about 30-40 years. They can also generate 30%-50% of your household’s electrical needs in an eco-friendly way since solar energy is pollution free. Furthermore, the process lowers the amount of heat from the sun going through your roof to keep things cooler inside. This energy is also free.
On the other hand, solar shingles aren’t the most attractive. Wires will be visible on the exterior of your house. However, the solar panels themselves aren’t as noticeable. They also require regular maintenance since the panels need to be free of dust and debris to get their maximum function. While they are durable, you cannot walk on them.