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      Different Types of Roofing Shingles

      When it becomes time to replace the roof on your existing home, you have many options to choose from. Shingles are the most cost-effective and come in a variety of styles and colors to fit your needs. Understanding the different types of shingles will allow you to better determine which ones are best for your upcoming project with your local roofing company.

      Strip Shingles

      Also known as three-tab shingles, these are the most commonly used. They’re considered very basic and extremely affordable for the average homeowner. Strip shingles come in a single layer of asphalt. They’re available in many different colors ranging from black to green. Any local roofing company should be able to install these shingles fairly quickly.

      Dimensional Shingles

      Also known as laminate or architectural shingles, these are constructed with two or more layers of asphalt. This helps to create a multi-dimensional look. It can bring on the appearance of slate tile or wood shake roofing. This is a very popular option that is catching on across the country. 

      Luxury Shingles

      These high-end laminate shingles have a sophisticated design that adds much value and beauty to the exterior of your home. Luxury shingles offer enhanced protection from the elements because they weigh about three times more than your average strip shingle. They’re also slightly larger.

      COOL Shingles

      Any homeowner knows that air conditioning costs can run rampant in the summer months. Fortunately, COOL shingles provide an exceptional energy-efficient solution. These shingles are coated with solar-reflecting granules that decrease the amount of heat absorption through your roof.

      Solar Shingles 

      Most homeowners are familiar with solar panels that are placed atop the roof. However, a fairly newer option offered by your local roofing company is the solar shingle. This shingle can easily integrate with both asphalt and concrete tile shingles. They provide a smooth appearance that is more aesthetically pleasing than traditional solar panels.

      Wood Shakes

      Many years ago, shingles were made out of split pieces of wood. While there are many updated options today, some homeowners enjoy that traditional old-time look. Cedar shakes are the most commonly utilized wood for roofing in North America. These can be a bit more on the expensive side to both purchase and install. They also require more maintenance than other roofing materials. 

      Clay Tiles

      Clay tiles were most popular in the hotter regions of the country. This is because they help to keep homes cool during the hot and dry summer days. Clay is also fire-resistant. However, clay tiles are very heavy and prone to breakage. For this reason, they’re expensive to have installed and repaired.

      Slate Tiles

      Somewhat similar to clay tiles, slate tiles were traditionally common in other areas of the country where slate was more prominent than clay. These tiles are very heavy and expensive to have installed. They’re aesthetically pleasing and provide a unique look for any home. 

      If you’re in need of a new roof, it’s time to contact C&C Roofing and Siding today to get the professional roofing assistance that you need!