Phoenix is called the Valley of the Sun for a good reason, but it also has its share of severe weather. Phoenix has hail reasonably regularly, including the most severe hailstorm in terms of damage – almost three billion worth – in US history.
Living in the Sonoran Desert is excellent, but roofs can take a beating. So when they do, or when your roof needs replacing, you need to know your options; what are the best roof shingle brands? What types of roof shingles are out there? Let’s take a look.
Types of Roof Shingles
When it’s time to replace your roof, the range of options might seem overwhelming, so let’s break down roofing shingles into a few categories.
Asphalt shingles are the most common and affordable roofing out there. Hundreds of colors and textures are available. 3-tab asphalt shingles are the cheapest, but more expensive fiberglass and architectural shingles last longer.
Architectural shingles, with extra laminate layers, offer a variety of designed and luxurious looks – even simulating wood or slate shingles. But, of course, their better appearance comes at a price, but they last twice as long.
With a stylish look and many colors, metal roofing shingles are an excellent option for homes that can’t support tile or cement roofs. Lifespans of 75 to 100 years are hard to beat. Combining that with lightweight and energy efficiency makes metal shingles a good choice.
Polymer, rubber, and plastic composite shingles are great at mimicking the look of wood or slate shingles. Coming in several ratings, the best will stand up to nature’s worst and stay color-true for fifty years or more. Shingles carrying a Class-A fire rating and Class-4 impact-resistance rating offer the best resistance to fire and hail.
Clay and Concrete Shingles
Molded into barrel-shaped or scalloped designs, clay and concrete tiles are durable, non-combustible – and heavy. Popular throughout the Southwest, clay and concrete shingles require a robust roofing structure but last up to fifty years.
The Best Roof Shingle Brands
Proven over the years, these top brands – all carried by Prescott Roofing – offer a solution to every residential roofing need.
- CertainTeed offers all three types of asphalt roofing in a range of colors and styles
- GAF’s 3-tab, luxury, and architectural shingle range includes the most popular line in America
- Clay tiles from US Tile by Boral are a popular choice
- Boral’s concrete roof tile line is durable and long-lived
- DaVinci composite slate and shake shingles are traditional choices
- Inspire’s composite slate roofing outlasts the original
- Available in a range of styles, IKO’s asphalt shingles are top choices
- Malarkey asphalt shingles have proven to be long-lasting
Roofing Shingles De-Mystified
Now that you know about the different types of shingles and the best roof shingle brands, having your roof replaced or repaired won’t be such a bewildering process. And the next time there’s a significant hailstorm, you’ll be sitting safely with a top-quality, Class-4 roof protecting your house.
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