What Are The Common Types of Roofing Shingles Used On Indianapolis Homes?


Having a roof that can withstand the weather and elements we get in Indianapolis is important. Technology has come a long way since thatching and homes now have several types of roofing available. When you think about the materials used for roofing, the first thing that comes to mind is probably shingles. This is the most widely used type of roofing, though there are others. So, what are the common types of roofing shingles used on Indianapolis homes?


Since they are both cost-effective and perform well, asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing shingles used on Indianapolis homes. Asphalt shingle roofing can be found on nearly 80% of all homes in the United States.

There are 2 common types of asphalt shingles. One type of asphalt shingle commonly used is called a 3-tab shingle. They are called 3 tabs because they come in a strip that appears to be three shingles in one. The other, commonly referred to as architectural shingles, offer a more textured appearance as opposed to the 3 tab’s flat appearance.

All asphalt shingles offer similar protection for roofing. They have a mineral layer that helps protect them from sunlight and the weather. This layer also gives the color of the shingles in some cases. To help prevent unwanted plant growth in the shingles, manufacturers add copper or zinc to the mixture they coat the shingles with.


Designer shingles fall into one of two categories. The first category of designer shingles offers increased performance. In appearance, they look nearly identical to the basic asphalt shingles, but they are often thicker than the standard shingles. They also offer a thicker adhesive layer to withstand high wind conditions. The other kind of designer shingle offers the same protection and durability as asphalt shingles, but they offer a different look than asphalt shingles.

Energy Efficient

A portion of energy bills in the summer goes to air conditioning. By using shingles on Indianapolis homes that are energy-efficient, home and business owners can see a decrease in their energy expenses. Energy Star offers certified energy-efficient shingles that reflect more of the sun from the building and significantly decrease the amount of heat that gets into buildings.


While it is one of the more expensive types of shingles, metal shingles offer a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles. Metal shingles are lightweight and a great alternative to asphalt shingles for homes with a roof that can’t support heavier weights. You’ll find aluminum, copper, steel, and tin used for metal roofing.

Although we don’t always recommend a metal roof, they are becoming more common in some rural areas of Indiana.


One of the less common, but still popular types of roofing shingles are called luxury shingles. The goal is to create the look of a slate roof without the cost of an actual slate roof. They are stylish and efficient, but costly.


The common types of roofing shingles used on Indianapolis homes mostly consist of asphalt shingles and its variants. Designer shingles can look similar to traditional asphalt shingles but offer better durability, or they can be made to vary in appearance and offer similar properties. Energy-efficient shingles help lower energy costs while metal shingles offer a long lifespan and high durability to weather and other elements. Roofing exists in many materials, but these are the most common ones used on Indianapolis homes.

If you’re considering new shingles on your home, contact us today for a free roof inspection and quote!