Driving anywhere through your neighborhood communities, you will find that many residential homeowners have chosen asphalt shingles for their roofs. This type of shingle is also commonly selected for commercial roofing projects, both large and small. The reason they are popular is that they come in an assortment of colors, styles, levels of durability and have longer warranties for a fraction of the cost of metal, slate, and tile. When installed by a professional and licensed roofing contractor, the traditional roof shingle successfully provides a quality material at reasonable prices.
Options In Shingle Roofing
3-Tab Asphalt Shingles: Also known as standard shingles, composite, fiberglass, laminate and strip shingles – traditionally 3-tab shingles have been more popular than architectural two as the cost difference was substantial. They are available in a wide assortment of colors and homeowners are still usually pleased with all of the choices available to them at reasonable prices.
Architectural Shingles: Also known as high dimensional shingles, they are priced just a small amount higher than the most common asphalt 3-tab shingle. Traditionally the cost difference was more substantial, requiring homeowners to decide between budget necessities and visual appearance lending an air of elegance with their raised appearance. The heavier weight and high dimensional appearance make them an ideal choice for higher wind ratings, higher fire ratings, hiding roof imperfections and longer manufacturer warranties.
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What are Roof Shingles?
Roof shingles consist of a series of individual overlapping components, that when laid together in rows (or courses) – starting at the bottom edge of a roof – form a barrier designed to repel water, snow, and ice. Roof shingles are installed in such a fashion that each seam or joint is overlapped by a shingle further up the roof. As water runs down the roof surface, it flows over each shingle till it reaches the eaves where it drips over the edge into your gutters (or falls straight to the ground). Roof shingles form a waterproof barrier to protect the integrity of the entire structure of your home. If water leaks under your shingles, you’ll eventually have rotted wood, interior ceiling leaks, mold, etc. In addition to rain water protection. Roof shingles serve several other functional and aesthetic purposes. The entire look or style of your home will be influenced by the type of roof shingles selected.
Color of Your Selected Shingle
The color of your selected shingle makes a difference as does the material type. A “cool” roof may in general be lighter in color to help reflect heat away from the roof surface. However each type of roof shingle material also has different heat transfer properties that can affect how much heat is absorbed into the home. The quality and type of roofing materials used to roof your house will affect the total lifespan of your home over time. If the roofing shingles are cheap, then other parts of your roof will suffer and deteriorate faster.
Architectural roofing shingles
were developed in the 1970’s and are commonly used in new construction and on roof replacement projects. Many homeowners choose architectural roof shingles instead of 3-tab shingles because they last longer, look better, and are more resistant to high winds. Here you can see the difference between 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. 3-Tab Shingles vs. Architectural ShinglesIn recent years, shingle manufacturers have opened a whole new category of architectural asphalt shingles to simulate old world European roofing styles to look like wood shake, slate, and tile. These Designer Shingles open up a new world of possibilities in roof design. Architectural roof shingle manufacturers continue to innovate to create cost-effective roof designs using asphalt. No matter what roof style you are looking for, it can probably be done with architectural roof shingles. Tile Roof Shingles Terracotta clay roofing tiles are widely used on historical properties and homes with old world, southwest, or California mission architecture style. Roof tiles are used widely in the Southwest because they are a more energy efficient roofing option than asphalt or other roofing materials.
Wood Roof Shingles
Another very popular type of roof shingles are wood shingles. Wood roof shingles have been used for centuries as a sustainable roofing option. They offer better insulation value than asphalt and when combined with different construction styles can create an entirely different feel for your home than other shingle options. There are two primary types of wood roof shingles. Contrary to popular belief, wood shingles and wood shakes are not the same thing. Wood shingles are “generally” sawn on both sides to form a smooth tapered profile shape. Wood shakes are split on one or both sides to form a textured grain appearance. Wood shakes are also thicker than wood shingles. Shake Roof Shingles, shakes or shake shingles have been used for roofing and siding for centuries. Traditional wood shakes were created by splitting logs wood along the grain. Cedar wood shakes have been used in America since Colonial times, having been the primary roofing system installed for hundreds of years. Wood shakes differ from wood shingles in that they have a more rustic, textured appearance. Some wood shakes are split on one side and sawn on the other. Other wood shakes are sawn on both sides but have a thicker profile than wood shingles.
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Wood Shake Roof Shingles
Wood Shake Roof Shingles Notice the gouges and ridges of the wood grain when shakes are split. Recently, new types of composite roofing materials have been used to create more durable and longer lasting shakes that better hold color and hold higher ratings for wind and fire resistance. The popularity of the wood shake look has also inspired designs from manufacturers using other materials, including: asphalt architectural shake shingles, clay tile shakes, metal shake shingles, and others. Slate roofs became very popular in the mid-1800’s as slate roof shingles began being replacing wooden shingles. Slate roof tiles are durable, eco-friendly, and fireproof. In fact, some of our nation’s oldest structures still carry their original slate roofs. Slate tiles are a popular type of roofing shingles because they create a stone roof that is 100% natural and includes beautiful color variations in the stone’s surface In Advosy.