You may have wondered what are the best shingles to use when researching the many roofing material options available. Shingle roofs are some of the most common and popular types of roofs in Los Angeles and Orange County, with an array of choices when it comes to durability, color, and aesthetic. Many roofing companies offer shingle installation and shingle repairs and are equipped to provide excellent service when it comes to your roof.
Some of the most common shingle materials include asphalt, wood, slate, and fiber tile. While some shingles are made with natural materials like stone and wood, some are composed of composite or recycled materials that can have a lower environmental impact.
Known for their low cost and versatility, asphalt shingles are generally the industry standard for roofing shingle material. Asphalt shingles come in a plethora of different styles, colors, and sizes. While these iconic slates have evolved since they first took the roofing industry by storm, advancements have kept this iconic product sleek and ready for the roofing needs of the future.
While technically banned in Los Angeles County, wood shingles were the core design that asphalt shingles were able to evolve from. While certainly not as durable as asphalt shingles, wood shingles give homes an iconic rustic look. The natural wood finish that these shingles give is why some homeowners still prefer wood shingles for their roofing needs.
While not suitable for all homes due to weight, slate shingles are a terrific roofing system for homeowners looking for durability. While Los Angeles’s lack of extreme weather makes slate shingles less popular, regions that experience rain and hail damage, prefer slate roofing systems, these shingles are becoming widely popular as of 2020.
Fiber Tile Shingles
Made from fiberglass, fiber tile roofing shingles give customers a higher protection against fire and extreme weather conditions. While previously made with cement materials, fiber tiles have seen a resurgence in popularity with advancements in lightweight fiberglass materials.
Material composition is an important aspect of shingles when you consider longevity and environmental impact. You also need to know about the range of shingle styles and shapes, and which type is right for the look you envision.
These types of shingles include:
Strip shingles, or more commonly known as three tab shingles, are asphalt shingles often used by Los Angeles roofers. These asphalt slips are made from single ply asphalt and resemble a slate roofing system. Since strip asphalt shingles are a single layer system they often come at a lower material cost, this is an option for homeowners who seek the aesthetic of a slate roof without the high cost. While more popular before the 1980’s and the rise of industry shingles, strip shingles have a long history as the standard for the Los Angeles roofing sector.
Architectural shingles, also known as dimensional shingles, are the most prevalent asphalt shingle used by Los Angeles roofing contractors. Dimensional shingle roofing systems come in either single or multiple plies of asphalt that are conjoined through adhesive, giving the roofing system a multi-layered appearance. Architectural shingles are generally denser than three tab shingles and usually come with an advanced warranty system.
Presidential or luxury shingles are known for their high quality laminated finish. Known as the boss of the shingle world, this design allows for a differentiated appearance with a high degree of functionality. New designs that are beginning to show up on Los Angeles roofs feature finishes that give these shingles an old world look with new world durability.
While you consider what type of roof will work best for your property, contact us for a professional inspection and free roofing estimate on any work or repairs that may be required. Call us today at (310) 903-0536 to schedule an inspection and determine the right materials and services for you.
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