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A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.

Things you need to know

Shingles are less irregular than shakes. Generally speaking, shingles are sawn on both sides and are thinner than shakes at the butt end. Architectural shingles (shingles not made with cutouts) are not recommended for roofs with a low slope. Wind-driven rain can ruin these types of shingles.

Cost Considerations

Asphalt shingles are generally the most economical type, averaging between $80 to $100 per square. (A square covers approximately one hundred square feet). Fiberglass is roughly the same. Wood shingles are more expensive. Tile is comparable to wood, and slate is the most expensive type to both buy and repair.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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