When considering roof installation Highland Village, TX, picking your shingle material is one of the most important considerations. The type of shingles you choose will determine how long your new roof lasts, durability and weather resistance in addition to aesthetics. While asphalt and fiberglass shingles are the standard options, there are other materials to choose from depending on the make, style, and climate of your home.
Most people recognize tile shingles from Mediterranean or Spanish style homes. Even if this is not the look you’re going for, there are still several shapes and options of tile shingles.
One of the significant advantages of tile shingles is their lifespan; a tile roof lasts 80-100 years (typically the entire life of the structure). Concrete or clay tiles are also energy efficient and durable. Additionally, while they are more costly than asphalt shingles, they are typically between $2.50 and $5 per square foot making them an excellent “bang for your buck” when you consider the life cycle of the roof.
There are a couple of main things to consider when getting a tile roof installed. First, tile roofs are heavier than asphalt roofs. You will need to make sure the structure of your home can support the weight of the tiles. While tile roofs are relatively maintenance-free, they will need a good cleaning on occasion. Tile roofs are also prone to chipping, so may not be the best option if you live in an environment with frequent hail storms. The homeowner will also have to address any chips in the tile roof with cement or replacement tiles.
Slate shingles are some of the most eco-friendly, durable and beautiful shingles. A slate roof will last 100+ years, making them one of the longest lasting shingle options available. They are also very resistant to water absorption, making them ideal for freezing climates.
Slate shingles do have some drawbacks, however. First, they are very expensive (often prohibitively expensive) and require a roofing company that has experience with slate tiles for installation and upkeep. While the upkeep is minimal, a professional with experience in slate roofing is necessary for all maintenance and repairs. Slate roofs are also extremely heavy and should not be installed without an evaluation of the structure to make sure it can support the weight of the roof. Since slate is a natural stone, colors are also limited.
If you have any questions about alternative shingle options for roof installation Highland Village, TX, call First Out Roofing today at (940) 227-4411 for a free consultation.