What Roofing Shingles Are the Best Quality?

Roofing shingles provide an affordable way to protect a home while still lending it a distinctive look.

Durability

With many different types of shingles available, it is important to know what benefits each has to offer.

Composition shingles are durable and dent-resistant, but they can sometimes be jarred loose in inclement weather. Wood shingles are durable as well, although they are prone to damage or rotting over time.

Appearance

Composition shingles are available in a wide variety of different colors and styles that will match almost any home theme. Cedar shingles have a natural beauty that many prefer, but do not offer as much versatility.

Environment

Fiberglass composition shingles are often made from recycled content, which is environmentally beneficial. Wood shingles help the environment as well by providing valuable insulation that reduces energy usage.

Installation

Composition shingles are easy to install, while wood shingles sometimes require professional assistance that can add to the initial purchase price.

Longevity

Composition shingles generally only last between 15 and 30 years, while wood shingles can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years if cared for properly. Composition shingles handle fire much better than their wood counterparts.

About the Author

Brian Vaughan is a freelance writer based in Springfield, Mo. He has been writing short stories, reviews and essays for over eight years and is currently pursuing a degree in professional writing at Missouri State University.