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Several Types of Shingle Roofs for Residential Homes and Tips On When to Contact A Roofing Contractor
Before you decide to replace your shingle roof or replace an old roof with a shingle roof, the type of shingle is extremely important. Roof replacement is expensive and different types of shingles offer different qualities and you have to use the appropriate type for your home.
Roofing tiles are known for its style exuding properties and often use in Spanish and Mediterranean style homes. Offering a unique look it lasts around 80-100+ years thus making it one of the most affordable and durable roofing materials. Manufacturers of different tile materials produce concrete tiles for example to have a wood-like appearance without the disadvantages of insect, fire hazard and also are rot resistant. The cons of these tiles however are not in the shingle itself, but the underlayment which will need replacement after a maximum period of 20 years. Walking on the roof can cause breakage and maintenance and roof repair should be left to a professional roofing contractor who is skilled at handling a tile roof without damaging the tiles.
Asphalt shingles on the other hand is even more affordable although they last only around 30 years. It is very commonly used in residential roofing around Newark and is in compliance with all the required Energy Star Standards for cool roof rebate. It is one of the thinnest options without loss of durability. Contacting a local roofing contractor makes the options easier as they can recommend the version required. The upgraded versions cost a little more than the thinner versions, are more durable and saves on money as it is less susceptible to hail storm damage for example. Asphalt shingles also have their cons such as being less durable than slate, not very distinctive, can damage if too hot, can be blown off or damaged by extreme winds and grows mildew if in too shady areas.
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Wood Shingles or Cedar Shake
Wood shingles are costly, but if this specific style is your choice for aesthetic appeal for your home, your roofing contractor will assist in the types of wood which will determine the durability of your roof. Your home’s value is immediately increased with this unique character addition and easily installed as it is light with no structural reinforcement required. The air efficiency is great with insulating attics and when properly sealed not likely to deteriorate quickly. Although it can be durable depending on the wood type chosen it also has its cons for example it is less durable than most other shingle types, high maintenance, susceptible to insect damage, mold and rot and often not rated by fire safety code.
Fiberglass shingles provide remarkable durability and strength with a combination of fiberglass bonded with urea-formaldehyde resin and coated with asphalt which is pre-mixed with different types of mineral fillers. This is specially created in giving this type of fiberglass shingle waterproof characteristics and fire resistant properties. Here you also need the recommendation of professional roofing contractors as different manufacturers use different materials therefore the durability varies based on manufacturer’s product. You should expect a minimum of 20 years however with some cons such as replacement expectation after ten years if you live in an area plagued by stormy weather.
Slate shingles on the other hand lasts extremely long, up to a hundred years, extremely strong and waterproof. It is manufactured from mined natural rock and is unique in appearance and also very expensive. Although often used in homes, no roofing contractors would recommend a slate shingle roof for residential homes if the homes structure would not support the weight. Negative aspects of slate shingles include; break ability, brittle, difficult to walk on during repair, maintenance or roof inspections. The material is heavy and installation and replacement is usually quite expensive.
Recognizing the signs that roof repair or replacement is due: