Roof Shingles: Change Them and Give Your House a Whole New Look

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You recently discovered that you need a new roof. You may think this is horrible news, but in fact, changing your roof shingles can be a great thing. Not only is your ceiling going to stop leaking, but it gives your house a whole new look. Not to mention, it can increase your home’s value.

Think about it for a minute. When you are feeling down in the dumps about your appearance, what is the first thing you do? That’s right, you cut your hair. So, think of replacing your roof shingles like you are giving your house a new hairstyle.

When you pick out your new shingles, go for something different if you can afford it. You do not have to put the same old asphalt shingles on it. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of shingles to choose from in an assortment of colors. Find out everything you need to know about replacing your roof shingles.

Function and Types of Roof Shingles

Roof shingles on an old house
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Shingles are an incredibly important component of your roof. When your roofer installs them he will overlap the tiles. This overlapping design helps keep your roof from leaking and resistant to wind. Additionally, shingles enhance the beauty of the home.

Asphalt roof shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the cheapest types of shingles. They come in two different types: Organic and fiberglass. Manufacturers treat fiberglass shingles with a protective resin coating that makes the waterproof. Also, they resist fire better than the organic type. This is because of the paper water-resistant coating that makes up the organic shingles.

As mentioned, they are fairly inexpensive. In fact, asphalt shingles are about $30 per bundle. Three bundles cover about 100 square feet.

Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to asphalt tiles. They can decay if the weather changes suddenly. Wind loves to pick them up. Asphalt roof shingles are not environmentally friendly and you shouldn’t install them in cold weather.

Clay shingles

If you have ever lived in a Southern state, like Florida, you’ve seen clay shingled roofs all over the place. These roofing tiles are everywhere because they hold up really well to winds over 100 miles per hour. This is necessary if you live in hurricane alley.

Clay shingles are also resistant to water and fire. Plus, they usually carry a thirty-year warranty but can last 50 to 100 years. Unlike asphalt, however, these shingles are not inexpensive. In fact, clay roofs can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000 per 100 square feet. However, given the fact that they can last 100 years, that’s not too shabby.

Metal roof shingles

Metal roofing does not always have to make your house look strange. Back in the day, if you bought it for your roof, everyone knew it was metal. However, those days are no more.

Interlocking metal roofs are now extremely popular because they are so nice. You can find metal shingles that look like slate and even cedar tiles. This is because manufacturers press the sheets of metal to look like other types of shingles. Then they paint the metal. Metal roof shingles cost anywhere from $800 to 1,000 per 100 square feet.

Slate shingles

A natural slate roof is absolutely beautiful. Further, the stone is incredibly fire resistant and waterproof. Unfortunately, slate can damage very easily if hail or debris hit it. In fact, it can even break if your roofer walks across the roof.

Moreover, slate can be really heavy and very expensive. Whereas asphalt shingles are $90 per 100 square feet, the slate is between $6, 000 to $8,000. However, while the slate is exponentially more expensive, it can last up to 150 years.

Cedar roof shingles

Cedar roofing is another expensive but beautiful option for your home. The shingles are resistant to rain, strong winds, like those that come with hurricanes, hail, and snowstorms. Cedar is also energy efficient, by providing natural insulation.

The only pitfall, other than the cost (about $100,000 for 4,000 square feet), is that it requires routine maintenance. If you do not do this, mildew, moss, and mold will grow on the shingles.

Are there different roof shingle colors?

Yes, shingles come in a variety of colors. For instance, clay tiles come in over fifty different shades, from purple to green to black. Pretty much any color you can think of. Asphalt and metal tiles also come in many different colors.

The wide range of colors means that you can coordinate your roof to match other elements of your home. You can add a blue clay tile roof to your brick home or a dark grey roof to a brown home. The possibilities are endless. Watch the following video to help you choose a color for your roof:

Putting solar roof shingles on your house

If you love everything green and eco-friendly, this next roof is going to really excite you. The Tesla 3 IN 1 roof is really cool. In 2018, the roof was rolled out. The roof does exactly what it sounds like it does, turns sunlight into electricity. In addition, the roof stands up to 200 miles per hour wind and the glass tiles have a lifetime warranty.

As of right now, Tesla offers a textured and smooth style. However, there will be eight styles available. The company, however, does not recommend you install a roof made entirely of the solar tiles. Amanda Tobler, of San Jose, California, installed one of the roofs and said that 40 percent of her tile is solar. According to her, after the solar tax credit is factored in, she will have paid $50,000 for about 2,000 square feet.

Unfortunately, the roofs are not widely available right now. If you want one of these incredible roofs, you will have to add your name to a list. Like Tesla cars, the waiting list is a long one.

Go Buy Yourself Some New Roof Shingles

Basically, the style of roof shingles that you choose will depend on price, style and time. If you want the cheapest possible roof, you’ll probably want to choose asphalt. Never fear though, just because it is cheap, doesn’t mean it is terrible. Second, you’ll want to choose based on your personal style. Do you want a classic roof? If so, choose slate or cedar. Want a modern look? You may want a metal roof. Finally, if you have time to wait and want a great investment, put your name on the Tesla roof list.

Whatever you choose, your house will look great with a new roof.


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