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Shingle Savvy: Finding the Best Columbia Shingle Options


When it comes to picking the best type of shingles for your roof, color's not the only factor. Here's what you need to know about the most common roofing types and determining which one is ideal for your home.


Asphalt shingles are the most common shingle type in modern homes, where they're made of fiberglass but sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic. The ceramic component gives the shingles their colors and UV deflection while the fiberglass fortifies the shingle. Asphalt is popular among homeowners because it's fairly inexpensive and easy to install, along with versatile in terms of style. They can easily resemble more expensive shingle types like cedar or slate which are individually installed, while asphalt can be installed in sheets.

Standard 3-tab shingles are the cheapest option while architectural asphalt shingles are thicker, and multilayered architectural is the most expensive option that provides a wooden look. 3-tab can be installed over existing shingles.

Composite/Faux Slate

Composite weighs roughly the same as asphalt shingles, but faux slate can be made of polymer, clay, rubber, and asphalt which makes these shingles very slippery. Unlike real slate, you don't need a mason to install composite shingles since it's a manufactured product.

Metal Roofing

Metal is both the toughest and most expensive roofing option, copper being particularly expensive though the green tint it develops is appealing to some homeowners. Metal roofing can be noisy in any type of precipitation although the metal also does a great job at deflecting the sun in hotter months. Asphalt and composite last 20-50 years while metal roofs can last 50-100 years.

To find out more about your shingle options and pick the perfect style for your budget and your home, contact the experts at Premiere Roofing today!


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