Different Types of Shingles Explained

When choosing which material you want for your new roof, there are endless options. You may love the look of wood, but want something that requires less maintenance. Or maybe you have no clue about the differences between slate, three-tab, architectural, and other shingles. No worries! Here’s a few tips to help explain the different types of shingles for your roof.

types of shingles


Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in the United States. Available in a seemingly endless variety of styles, colors, and levels of durability, there’s an option for any home. The main types of shingles available are three-tab and architectural shingles. Three-tab shingles are thin and more affordable than architectural. They have cutouts along the edge to appear like three different shingles, while architectural shingles do not. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 20 to 30 years.


Usually available in cedar and redwood, wood shingles last longer than asphalt but require more maintenance. They are known for their unique beauty, environmentally friendly nature, and energy efficiency. However, homeowners with wood shingles must properly maintain their roof if they want to get its expected 30 to 50 year lifespan. They are not fireproof, and can be susceptible to termites and mold.


Slate shingles are beautiful and extremely durable, typically lasting 80 to 100 years. They also have a good water resistance rating, so they are great for the cold winter climate in Connecticut. However, slate shingles are not for everyone. Because of their weight, your home must be able to support them and they are much more expensive than asphalt shingles. Consult a professional roofer who specializes in slate shingle installation to see if your home is suitable.


Tile roofs are most commonly seen on stylish homes with a Spanish or Mediterranean aesthetic. They are extremely durable, lasting 80 to 100 years, and are available in many colors and styles. However, like slate shingles, tile shingles are heavy and expensive, so make sure to have your home structure inspected by a professional roofing contractor before making any final decisions.

For quality shingle installation in Hartford / Glastonbury, CT, call Alliance Roofing at 860-633-7243!