Asphalt shingles are the most widely used roof covering in North America and are used on 90% of single-family houses. They have the largest market share due to their low cost, ease of installation, moderate fire resistance and acceptable life span of 15 to 20 years. Asphalt shingles are available in various colors giving homeowners the option to match the siding of their house with the shingle. In addition, they are lightweight, which reduces labor and transportation costs. The majority of roofs in the Montgomery, Alabama area have asphalt shingles, either 3-tab or architectural.
Slate shingles have the longest recorded history of use. Slate is a hard dense natural stone, allowing a well-constructed and detailed slate roof to last 75 years or more. Also, they are highly fire resistant. A downside to a slate shingles is the high material and installation cost. In addition, the weight of a slate roof on a house can require a stronger roof structure.
Clay tiles come in an assortment of tile shapes creating a remarkable looking roof. Similar to slate, clay tiles are costly, fire resistant and very durable. However, it is important to recognize that there can be major differences in the quality of clay tiles, which can influence durability. There are many patterns, but the two main styles are mission tiles and shingle tiles. They can be glazed or unglazed giving each tile a specific seal.
Concrete tile roofs are durable, but are generally less so than clay tile roofs. They are subject to long-term fading of colors. Unlike clay tiles, they are more consistent in shape and dimension because they are not subject to distortions caused by high temperature heating. Typically installed over 30 lb underlayment, concrete tiles, which are coated with a resin, are waterproof. Concrete tiles are less expensive than other types of hard tile roofing.
Wood shingles and shakes, once widely used in the United States, have a decreasing market share due to the risk of fire hazard. Fire retardant shingles are available, but their long-term performance record is uncertain. Sawn from the tree trunk, wood shingles are more uniformly shaped. Shakes, split from the tree trunk, are thicker with a more irregular shaped face. Both are moderately expensive to purchase and install. The loose fit tends to increase the opportunity for wind driven rain and snow to penetrate the roofing.
All of the above varieties of shingles are good choices, however, whichever kind of roofing you choose for installation, Guyette Roofing and Construction is capable of providing quality work with excellent customer care. With over 30 years of experience and the best roof technicians in Montgomery, Alabama, Guyette will undertake roofing and construction projects that other contractors turn down.