You would be surprised that there are about nineteen (19) different types of roof shingles, but we will mention a few. When you hire a roofing company for your project, the contractor would ask for your preferred roofing material. As a result, it will help to know the different kinds of roof shingles to take a step in the right direction to select the type that will enhance the architectural design of your home and aesthetics.

Types of Roof Shingles

1. Asphalt Shingles

These are in three styles: 3-tab, architectural, and hip-and-ridge shingles. They are versatile, affordable, and easy to install. They can deflect UV rays and boost the home’s energy efficiency.

2. Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are now designed in the form of shingles. They are reliable, durable, and affordable. They last for about 50 years. Metal roofing comes in sheet roofing, shingle tile and slate, and standing seam panels. They can be made with steel, aluminum, stainless steel, zinc alloys, or copper.

3. Wood Shingles 

They are made from wood and more expensive than asphalt shingles. They are durable and can last up to 60 years.

4. Tile Shingles

They are very expensive to buy and install. They are aesthetic and highly durable. They come in different styles ceramic, metal, concrete, bituminous, polymer-sand, copper, tile, and composite tiles.

5. Slate Shingles

They are made from stone and last for as long as 150 years. They are eco-friendly and energy-efficient. However, slate shingles are costly.

6. Rubber Roofing 

They are made from bitumen or PVC. They are lightweight, eco-friendly, long-lasting, and maintenance-free.

7. Architectural Shingles

Also known as laminate or dimensional shingles, architectural shingles are reliable and durable, like asphalt shingles.

8. Copper Shingles

They are designed especially for historic buildings or houses that owners want to look older. They are lightweight, durable, and maintenance-free.

9. Solar shingles 

They are designed for electricity generation to power the house. It is best to install them on the south side of the roof for the best result. However, they are costly. 

10. Composite Plastic Shingles

These shingles are made from recycled plastic materials. They are affordable but not as durable as other types of shingles can last from 7 to 20 years. 


There are about nineteen different roof shingles, but only the most common types are mentioned above. You can ask your roofing company for a suitable recommendation for the type of roof and budget.