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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Shingle Types

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The roofing industry offers many different kinds of shingles for homes, businesses and other structures. Shingles vary in size, color and style, and while aesthetic appeal can be important in determining the best fit, appearance shouldn't be the only factor. A Schenectady roofing professional can help homeowners choose from these popular types of shingles.

The most widely used shingles on the market today are asphalt shingles. They're a common choice for slanted roofs, and they're preferred for residential roofs because of the relatively low cost. Asphalt shingles are easy to install and come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, and can mimic more expensive roofing materials. The downsides to asphalt shingles include susceptibility to temperature changes and damage from hail and strong winds. Asphalt shingles also cannot be installed on flat roofs.

Fiberglass shingles provide additional strength and durability. Often, asphalt shingles are backed with a fiberglass mat. The coating process includes filler material that complements the waterproof characteristics of these shingles. Additionally, they provide an extra layer of fire resistance over traditional wood or paper mat shingles.

Wood shake and wood shingles can outlast cheaper types of shingles with appropriate maintenance.

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While they entail a higher initial cost, their durability and longevity may lead to a cost savings over time. One of the primary benefits of wood shingles is their unique appearance. They are also more energy efficient than the more common asphalt shingles and can usually withstand higher wind speeds. Wood shingles are more difficult to install and maintain, though, and many homeowners find the cost prohibitive. They are also vulnerable to termite damage, fire and mold.

Slate, a natural rock, is one of the most durable roofing materials available. They generally last 80 to 100 years, perform well in freezing temperatures and hold up well in wind and hailstorms. Like wood shingles, slate has a high initial cost, much higher than that of asphalt shingles. Their weight may be a restricting factor in which buildings can opt for slate shingles, and it is often difficult to find a professional installer for maintenance and repairs.

Solar shingles are much newer on the market and the technology is still being refined, but their dual function as both a protective roof covering and means of producing energy may make them more popular in the future.

Each of these types of shingles has advantages and disadvantages. Consulting a local roofing professional will help determine the best choice for any budget or structure.

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