Learn About Different Roofing Shingles

Republic Roofing is here to help you learn about different roofing shingles. Choosing the right shingle for your home when it’s time to replace your roof can be a difficult task. There are so many different shingles available, each with advantages and disadvantages, cost differences, and unique styles. The variety is staggering.


We’ve outlined 16 different types of roof shingles below. New roofs are a major investment. Here are descriptions of 16 types of shingles you can choose from for your roof replacement, including what to expect from each one:

3 Tab:

Asphalt shingles with three tabs are among the most popular (yep, there are different kinds of asphalt shingles) and are the cheapest to install. Installing three-tab asphalt shingles typically costs between $350 and $450 per square, but where you live can influence pricing.

The three-tab asphalt shingle roofing is a cost-effective option, but the shingles themselves tend to be thin with an organic-mat paper base. You will likely need to replace these kinds of roof shingles sooner than most other types.

Aluminum Shingles:

Over the last decade, metal roofing has become increasingly popular. Metal roof shingles are popular because of their style, durability, and variety of colors and designs. Due to their lightweight nature, aluminum shingles are easy to install, making them the perfect choice for older houses without the structural support to hold heavy shingles.

Standing Seam Metal:

Metal roofs with standing seams have raised seams and vertical legs, which are raised above the metal panel’s flat surface. Despite its popularity, most homeowners are unaware that the standing seam system can build walls or roofs, the latter being the most common.

There are a variety of colors, widths, shapes, thicknesses, and other characteristics that contribute to the popularity of standing seam roofs.

Corrugated Steel

Metal roofing in this type is formed from roll-formed metal sheets. It is traditional to screw directly to the roof the steel panes, which are usually wavy. It’s a fairly affordable way to get a metal roof, and it’s lightweight, long-lasting, durable, and energy-efficient.

Roofing experts use the term “corrugated” to refer to a panel that is wavy in shape, like an “S.” A corrugated surface can be made of anything rounded and wavy, so boxy, square shapes are excluded.

Wood Shingles

Shingles made of wood are called wood shingles. There is not a lot of design flexibility in wood shingles because they are cut into identical shapes. If improperly maintained, wood shingles can also suffer from mold and rot, even though they have a distinctive appearance that many homeowners adore.

If 50 years can be expected from wood shingles. The quality of the roof installation, the wood used for the shingles, and how well the roof is maintained will all affect how long it lasts.

Clay Tiles

Clay roofing tiles are made of clay, as their name suggests. Tiles made of clay can vary from white to yellow to orange to brown. They are one of the most durable roof shingles because of how long they are heated for and at what temperature.

Concrete Tile

Compared to traditional clay tiles, concrete roofing tiles are more cost-effective. Consider a concrete tile roof if you’d like the appearance and durability of clay tiles without the high cost.

Tiles made from concrete offer excellent fire protection, have a long lifespan of about 50 years and do not require maintenance. Additionally, they are highly resistant to mold and rot. Nonetheless, concrete tile roofs can be very heavy like clay tiles and aren’t suited to all roof slopes. Furthermore, their color will fade with time.

Slate Tile

It’s beautiful appearance makes it a popular roofing material. Its layers can be weakly bonded since it is made of metamorphic rock. Therefore, slate tiles are usually split right along those planes. A slate tile roof can last for 50 years before being replaced, even if individual tiles crack.

Since slate tiles require a solid mortar surface and an experienced hand, installing them can be complicated. While slate tiles have a lot of longevity, they are soft and prone to splitting.

Composition Shingles

A composition shingle roof mimics the look of various shingle styles and is a variant of asphalt shingles. Composite shingles offer a 25–50-year warranty to suit your preferences and unique roof style. They are available in various shapes, colors, sizes, and designs. Plastics, tires, or wood shavings are plenty of recyclable materials that do not split, peel, warp or crack when exposed to the weather.

To learn more about this, contact our roofing experts at Republic Roofing in Collierville, Bartlett, Germantown, Memphis, and Lakeland, TN at 901-437-5278.