The roof protects the home against the extreme elements outside, so it is essential to choose the right roofing material for your home. If you are currently using shakes, metal, or tile as your roofing material and are looking for something equally, if not more, advantageous, then you should consider investing in shingles.
Shingles are among the most widely used roof materials in the country today — with good reason. They are affordable, a fact which sits well with most homeowners, and they are readily available. With a plethora of styles and colors to choose from, it is much easier to choose a particular design to complement specific architectural styles.
Asphalt shingles offer a solid, sturdy roof for a much lower cost than other roof types such as metal, wood shakes, slate, and tile. This type of shingle is particularly useful for re-roofing. Also called organic shingles, they are made of organic felt or paper saturated with asphalt — which accounts for its waterproof quality — and topped with a ceramic and adhesive salt coating. Organic asphalt shingles are highly durable but not as resistant to fire as other types.
Fiberglass roof shingles consist of a glass fiber base that reinforces the mat, which is then covered with asphalt to keep water out and protect your other roof components and your home overall. The asphalt is topped with ceramic granules that reflect UV rays.
Despite being new to the market, more and more people are using fiberglass shingles, as they provide a higher level of quality and durability. Fiberglass shingles may not be as environmentally friendly as other types in its category, but they offer superior protection against fire.
While heavier shingles can be a weight issue for some roofs, fiberglass shingles are a more sensible option for houses in areas that experience frequent storms. Fiberglass also ranks higher than other roof types in terms of energy efficiency. Its glass core can deflect sunlight and heat with ease, and it provides excellent insulation.
Architectural Roofing Shingles
Architectural roofing shingles are actually fiberglass shingles with an upgrade. They are also called laminated or dimensional shingles because of their three-dimensional appearance. Designed to imitate the look of other roofing materials such as wood or slate, they are offered in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
The multi-layer design of laminate shingles makes them longer-lasting, as the laminate on the shingles itself serves as an extra layer of protection from strong winds and possible degradation of the asphalt due to water runoff.
Almost any roofing contractor can install shingles, as no specialized training is required for installation. Any roof can get a shingle makeover, as the material is light enough for immediate installation, with no additional structures required for support. The installation process can be completed in a few days. If you are unsure which among the three to get, do not hesitate to call a trusted roofing contractor in your area to get more professional advice.
Author Bio: Gary Howard is the son of Bobby Howard, the founder of Howard Roofing & Home Improvements. After Bobby’s retirement, Gary took over the company, bringing with him 16 years of roofing experience. The company has soared to new heights under his stewardship, thanks to his marketing prowess and the same solid work ethics his father was known for.