Roof Shingles: Let’s know them better!

Roofs are an important aspect of our homes yet we tend to focus more on interiors than on the Roof. Roofs are the most significant factors that influence the overall condition of our home. Roofing in America is done by various techniques but statistics say that 80% American homes use roofing made of Shingles.

What are Roof Shingles?

Roof shingles are basically a type of covering for the roof that comes in individual rectangular pieces and are laid bottoms up along with a fixing material. Shingles roofing provide both exterior aesthetics as well as interior integrity to our homes. There are different types of roofing shingles available. The difference lies in the material that they are made up of. We should decide which shingle to choose based on the climate of our area and our budget.

Different type of Roofing Shingle

  • Composite or Asphalt Shingle

          The main material used is asphalt nut they have a base layer of either fiberglass or felt paper fiber. Asphalt shingle comes in 3-Tab, lightweight, dimensional and designer architectural types. They are cost effective and highly durable.

  • Metal Shingles

          Various metal shingles made of aluminum, steel, zinc, and copper are available. They cannot be customized easily and are slightly expensive. They are better than asphalt shingles in terms of durability. They are lightweight and can resist both wind and fire.

  • Wood Shingles

          They are the traditional shingles made up of redwood, pine or cypress trees. Their performance is average in terms of durability and maintenance. If treated correctly they are durable and can resist wind water and fire in moderate amount.

Benefits of Roofing Shingles

  • The primary benefit of roofing shingle is that it is more affordable than its counterparts such as tiles or slate materials. They are lightweight and hence can be used in any type of house structure. They are easy to maintain as a single damaged shingle can be replaced instead of entire roof thus maintaining the roof in overall great condition.

  • Shingles made by using the latest technology are energy efficient as compared to their previous versions. There are a wide variety of color choices available that helps in reflecting sunrays in summers while keeping heat in through winters.

  • Asphalt shingles come in hundreds of designs and we can find a perfect shingle to match our individual taste. You can have asphalt shingles in any look such as the look of wooden shingle at the fraction of the wooden shingle cost.

  • Damage signs are clearly visible on shingle roofs hence it is easier to get them repaired at the right time. Dents, green patches, and granules in our downspouts are some of the most common signs. This problem seems small but needs to be taken care of on time so that they do not develop into bigger problems.

Installation of Roof Shingles

This is the most important aspect of having a shingle roof. Whether we choose any type of shingle it is crucial to get it rightly installed or else the most expensive quality shingle will also not do its job properly.

We are Vertex Roofing Contractors and we clearly understand the technicalities of roof installation. Contact us for dependable services in roofing and installations.

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