Three Types Of Specialty Shingles To Consider For Your Home

Fifty or 60 year ago, asphalt shingles were asphalt shingles. You didn't have a lot of different options aside from several color choices -- and only the high-end brands offered anything other than black or brown. Today, however, asphalt shingles come in many varieties. Here's a look at three types of specialty shingles you may want to consider for your home.

Wind-Resistant Shingles

If you live in a hurricane zone or even in an area where there's the occasional windy thunderstorm, then wind-resistant shingles are a great choice for your home. They'll really cut down on the number of times you need to call your roofing company for repairs! Experts use a letter-based rating system to indicate how wind-resistant various shingles are. Those designated as "Class D" can withstand winds up to 90 miles per hour and are ideal for most areas where wind is an occasional issue. In the windiest, hurricane-prone areas, look for shingles in Class H, which can withstand gusts traveling at 150 miles per hour.

Algae-Resistant Shingles

Have you ever seen a roof with black or brown streaks running down it? These streaks were probably not dirt -- they were algae. Though the algae don't damage the roof, those streaks are pretty unsightly and tough to remove. If your roof is shaded by trees or by other buildings, it will be prone to algae growth. However, algae-resistant shingles, which are embedded with copper granules, are very effective. The copper impedes algae growth so your roof maintains its clean, pristine appearance.

Reflective Shingles

Are you an eco-conscious homeowner? Do you live in a hot climate with sky-high air conditioning bills in the summer? Then you should look into reflective shingles. These shingles are made to reflect more of the sun's light rather than absorbing it. As a result, they stay a lot cooler than your typical black, asphalt shingles -- and your home stays cooler, too. This, in turn, leads to less stress on your AC and lower energy bills.

Reflective shingles come in an array of colors, from black to white. The light colors are the most effective at reflecting light, but even the darker colors will lower your energy bills significantly thanks to their metallic, reflective sheen.

To learn more about these and other shingle options, speak with a specialty roofing contractor in your area. They can look over your home and give you an estimate.