Different Types of Roofing Shingles

Since roofs don’t just protect a home but add to its beauty, it’s important for a homeowner to choose shingles that are both durable and complement the overall style of the house. Our professionals at J.R. Hayden Construction, the Dallas TX Roofing company, pride ourselves in helping our customers find the right type of roof for their home. Modern homes have many types of roofing cover to choose from. Here are just a few of them:

AsphaltRoofer working on shingles

Asphalt is the same versatile substance found on roads. It is the most popular type of shingle though it can’t be used on flat or low-slope roofs. It’s also one of the least expensive shingles and can have Energy Star rating. Asphalt is thicker than regular shingles and is subtly multicolored. They are more long-lived and also more fire resistant.

Asphalt comes in many colors besides the grays and browns found on most roofs. The lighter the color the more it will make the house look bigger than it actually is, but they show their age more quickly than dark ones. Light shingles also reflect more sunlight and keep the house cooler during the hot summer months. If keeping the heat in is more important than a darker color is preferred.

Organic Shingles

This type of roofing can be made of recycled material such as wood, paper, and cardboard. Not surprisingly, they are inexpensive and more subject to damage from humidity and moisture than other types of roofing. They are supposed to last 20 years, but organic roofs 53installed in a turbulent climate are prone to break down well before them.


A shingle that is made entirely of fiberglass is a bit more expensive than asphalt, but they are lighter, come with a longer warranty, and resist damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.


Tile is often found on houses in the hot, dry climate of the American southwest. Tiles can be familiar red clay tile or concrete tile. Like asphalt, both types of tile need to be installed on roofs with a fairly steep slope. Both can be made in the barrel and curved S-shapes, and concrete tiles can be flat and interlocking to resemble asphalt. Tile shingles can last for half a century or longer, but they are pricey. It can cost between $10,000 and $14,000 to install a tile roof.


If your roof is made of wood, they need to be able to bear up under the weather. There are types of wood that can do this, including straight-grained red cedar. Still wood needs more maintenance than those made of the other materials. They need to be cleaned regularly and treated by a preservative every few years. They are not fire resistant, and some building codes require that wood be installed over fire-resistant plywood or some other material. Indeed, some municipalities have banned wood-shingled roofs altogether, and some home insurers may not cover them.


Slate is a natural stone that is prized because of its ability to split into thin sheets. Slate has been used on roofs for centuries and there are still very old buildings that still have their original slate roof. Slate comes in colors of the familiar bluish gray, green, red and violet. Slate is heavy, and the roof needs to be strong enough to support them. They’re also very expensive.

For more information on the perfect roof for your home, call J.R. Hayden Construction, the Dallas TX Roofing company. Our number is 972-991-9000.

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