According to an article from Home Advisor on roofing shingles:

Shingles have long been America’s most popular roofing material, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. In fact, today’s manufacturers have developed a wide palette of shingles that can meet virtually all construction and color requirements.

Before you head out on a shingle shopping spree, it’s important to gather some key information…

By gathering some expert advice up front, you can make a sound choice that will protect and beautify your home for years to come.

If one day you go up to your roof to find missing or cracked shingles, “sand” in your gutters, or other signs of damage, it is time to replace your roof’s shingles. There are many types of shingles that can be used for residential roofing in Menlo Park, CA, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are few notes on the more popular types of shingles available on the market today:

Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingles used in the country today because of their relatively inexpensive price. In addition, some shingle manufactures offer specially coated asphalt shingles that subscribe to Energy Star’s standards leading to rebates. Asphalt shingles usually last for 20 to 30 years and can come in a variety of colors.

Tile Shingles
Although it is quite expensive, tile shingles are popular due to their durability; some roofing experts claim tile shingles can last for 80 to 100 years. This longevity can help save you thousands of dollars in the long run if you can afford to have them installed.

Metal Roofing
More and more homes have begun to use metal roofing systems to protect their homes. Although technically not a type of shingle, metal roofing is a durable, low-maintenance choice for residential roofing.

Slate Tiles
Arguably, the most sleek and trendy material, natural slate can last a very long time. Before you opt for slate tiles, ask a roofing expert first whether the understructure of your roofing system can support the heavy weight of slate.

Apart from the above-mentioned, many more shingles types are available on the market. To make the right choice for your type of house, consult a trusted roofing contractor in Menlo Park, such as Shelton Roofing, before opting for your personal preference.

(from HomeAdvisor, Hang Out the Right Shingles)