The Different Types of Shingles You Can Choose from for Your Columbia, MD Home

Whether you’re considering a new roof installation or are looking to repair the existing shingles you have, knowing about the different types of shingles is important. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks that are worth considering as you make the best decision about your home.

Asphalt Shingles


Since they are one of the most affordable, asphalt shingles are some of the most affordable options. These shingles can come in many different colors and designs, and work really well in temperature climates. They require a roof that has a steep slope and are somewhat prone to damage in areas with sudden temperature fluctuations, but roof repair in Columbia with asphalt shingles is fairly simple.

Wood Shingles


Slightly more expensive than asphalt, wood shingles are an environmentally friendly option that is quite durable and energy efficient. Homeowners can choose between cedar and redwood when installing roof shingles. These shingles are more prone to catching fire and are prone to mold and termites if not cared for properly. Because they can crack and warp easily, you may need to pay for roof repair in Columbia more frequently, but the overall look and function is quite pleasing.

Tile Shingles

Tile shingles, because they can come in a large variety of shapes and colors, are the shingle of choice where the design and style of the roof is just as important as the function. This is the type of shingle often used on historic, Spanish or Mediterranean style properties that require a visually appealing type. That said, they are quite a bit more costly than asphalt shingles. What you pay for in terms of increased installation costs is rewarded through increased durability, however. These roofs have an expected lifespan of around 80 years.  Before deciding on tile shingles, however, have a roofing contractor take a look at your property. Sometimes the roof is not strong enough for the heavy weight of tile shingles.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are some of the most durable shingles available. They are resistant to water damage and freezing temperatures, and can last as long as 100 years. However, they are one of the most expensive type of shingles both to install and to repair, and they require a roof deck that can handle quite a bit of weight. When slate roofs need repair, you must choose a professional for roof repair in Columbia, because of the complexity of the installation and the heavy nature of the materials. It’s easy to get injured when working with slate.

Simulated Slate or Simulated Wood Shingles

If you’re looking for the look of slate or cedar shake but not the price tag, simulated shake or slate roofing is for you. Polymer composite roofing comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors, are durable, and add overall value to your home. We use DaVinci Roofscapes, which uses  authentic colors and natural textures of quarried slate, hand-split cedar or machine- sawn shakes.

No matter which type of shingle you have, you are going to need a reliable source for roof repair in Columbia from time to time. Shanco Roofing offers exceptional roofing professionals in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. Contact us today to schedule your roof repair appointment.



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