Shingles are the most popular roof choice for a reason. They’re durable, affordable, and have a wide range of colors and styles you can choose from to suit your house exactly. But which type of roof shingles should you choose? Chesapeake Roofing, Windows, and Siding, Inc., experts in roofing in Severna Park, MD, offer some advice.
3-tab shingles are the most affordable and classic option. They’re called 3-tab shingles because the layer that’s exposed has three notches for the appearance to be more decorative. They have about a 20-year lifespan to protect your roof from the elements. However, as they age, they do become prone to being blown off by extreme weather. They’re simple and may not have the aesthetic value you some people are looking for.
These may also be known as dimensional shingles. They’re the most popular style that we install for clients. Thicker than 3-tab shingles, they’re very durable and can last 30 years or longer. While 3-tab shingles are one layer, these are multi-layered, giving them a unique appearance. You can definitely see the difference when you look at them.
Due to them being multi-layered and more durable, they are a decent amount more expensive than 3-tab shingles. They do last longer, though, and you’re usually able to get a better warranty on them because of their durability.
These are the top of the line option for shingles. They’re extremely thick and durable and are also multi-layered for a dimensional appearance. These are more affordable than slate or cedar shingles but are crafted to look like them or other natural materials that you can choose from. Slate and cedar roofs also take a lot longer to install, but this gives you the same look for less!
Premium shingles are extremely heavy. While this is ideal for dealing with wind or any natural disasters, not all homes may be able to handle the extra weight. This is something we can inspect and look into before you make your decision. These are a particularly great choice if you have a period-style home that would traditionally have a slate or cedar roof.
The Brands We Carry
At Chesapeake Roofing, we carry CertainTeed Landmark, GAF, and Tamko shingles. CertainTeed’s Landmark line is their architectural shingle. It’s designed to look like cedar shake roofing and comes in a wide variety of colors. They offer a unique StreakFighter® ten-year warranty for algae resistance and offer the Landmark Pro and Landmark Premier lines if you want thicker shingles with extended warranties.
GAF is the best-selling brand of shingles in the country. They offer a full range of styles and colors that can complement any house style and provide any look you want.
Tamko is a trusted brand that’s been in residential roofing for over 70 years. Their style and color options are virtually limitless, including personalization for the cut and coverage on your home.