Berwyn Shingle Roofing

Shingle roof installation in the Chicagoland area.

With a wide array of materials, designs, and colors, shingle roofing is incredibly popular in the Chicagoland area. At Walton Roofing, we help you access the highest-quality shingles from top manufacturers, including customizable options, giving you a design that is one of a kind. During your consultation, we help you decide which material is right for your budget, then guide you in selecting the color and texture. 

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How to Select Shingles for Your Home

At Walton Roofing, we often have clients ask us which type of shingle is best. Ultimately, there is no set answer to this question. There are many factors that determine which type of shingle is right for your home. These include:

Your Budget

No matter how much or little you have to spend, there will be quality shingles available to you. However, some of the most innovative and luxury options cost a pretty penny. We will help you narrow down your choices based on your roofing budget.

Energy Efficiency

If energy efficiency is important to you, you’ll want to stick with options that offer the best insulation and repel UV rays. This will lower your energy bills and keep your home comfortable.

Longevity

Most shingles last about 20-25 years. However, certain materials, like metal, can last 70 years or more. This means weighing short-term vs. long-term savings.

Roof Structure

Some shingles weigh more than others. If your roof structure can only support lighter weights, you may need to stick with asphalt. If it can handle more, you can look at other options, such as slate. 

Design

Not all shingles work with all designs. If your home has modern architecture, your roof should reflect this. If it is more cozy cottage, you want that earthy, natural look.

Types of Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle used in the Chicagoland area. They are lightweight, effective at waterproofing, and most are Energy Star rated. These shingles come in three grades: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury. Many people like them because they can mimic the look of slate and wood and come in many sizes, colors, and shapes. However, they don’t last as long as other materials.

Clay Tile Shingles

If you are looking to make a statement with your shingles, not much is bolder than clay tile. These shingles are molded in different shapes, giving you control over the design. Generally speaking, these look best on Spanish- and Mediterranean-style architecture. However, they are not good insulation in the cold.

Wood Shingles

If your goal is a classic look, it’s hard to beat wood shake shingles. These shingles are truly timeless in their appearance and generally light enough for most roofs. However, they do require a decent amount of upkeep to keep them at their best.

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles are among the most durable option you can choose, with many lasting 70 years or more. They also work on more roofs than other shingle types since they can be applied to very steep or nearly flat roofs. However, they are more expensive than most other choices.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles might be the longest-lasting option on the market. With a lifespan of up to 100 years, they cost a lot up front but can save you plenty in the long term. However, they are very heavy, and not all residential roofs are designed to support them.

Composite Shingles

If you like the affordability of asphalt shingles but want an option that lasts longer, composite could be the way to go. While slightly more expensive than asphalt, they last up to a decade longer and tend to provide better insulation.