Types of Roofing Shingles to Consider for Your Home

Looking to replace your existing roofing material before the cold weather sets in? Replacing your old roof will prevent unnecessary heat loss during the winter and will also lower utility bills as a result. Although roofs are meant to last long, they do need to be replaced at some point.

Depending on your budget, the appearance you want, and your roof's structure, different types of roofing shingles are available.

  • Asphalt Shingles. This is the most common type of roofing shingle found in Methuen and surrounding areas. These shingles have three variations based on price and aesthetic appearance: Strip shingles, Dimensional shingles, and Premium shingles.
  • Tile Shingles. Often seen on Spanish or Mediterranian style homes, tile shingles are a great option if appearance is what you're after. The tiles can be cut and shaped however you want them. Keep in mind that tiles are heavy and your home's structure may not be able to support the weight.
  • Wood Shingles. You may be wondering why anyone would choose wood shingles, but you'd be surprised how durable and relatively affordable they are. Wood is great at conducting and conserving heat within the home, and it's also environmentally friendly. Wood shingles are made of cedar or redwood.
  • Metal Shingles. For homes that have a steeply pitched roof or a flat roof, metal shingles are the way to go due to it's durability and longevity. Metal roofs are made from copper, tin, zinc and aluminum and can last up to 50 years. However, sometimes they are prone to rusting and leaks.
  • Slate Shingles. Known as the most expensive roofing material on the market these days, slate shingles are a beautiful addition to any home and many New England homeowners opt for this type of roofing due to it's resilience and appearance. Slate can be very heavy, so it's important to talk to a professional roofing company to determine whether or not your home's structure can handle the load

After you've chosen your desired roofing material, the next step would be to hire a roofing company. Don't forget that your old roofing material needs to be removed! We recommend throwing away those old roofing tiles into one of our rolloff dumpsters. Give us a call 978-361-5254 to get a free estimate on a dumpster rental!