Quality shingle roofing
A roof is a roof is a roof, right? Absolutely not! There are different roof shingles from asphalt, ceramic tile, metal, and wood shingles. Which type you choose will depend on the design and style of your house, your budget, HOA and building codes for your area.
So, how do roof shingles work? Roof shingles are the covering of the roof, individual pieces that overlap each other to protect your home and family from the elements. These pieces are normally flat and rectangular-shaped and laid in rows starting at the bottom edge and going upward. Under the shingles is felt the paper and under that is wood decking. Each of these layers has a huge part in protecting your home.
Because roof shingles are the visible part of your roof, a part of your home’s aesthetics. With the variety of colors, patterns, and textures, a homeowner can match their home perfectly and according to the taste.
What type of roof shingles are best?
Asphalt roof shingles are inexpensive and relatively light, which makes them easier to install. With all those factors considered, for most homeowners, asphalt shingles are the first choice. Asphalt shingles come in a sheet and are layered and will give any roof the illusion of being expensive singles that are laid one at a time like cedar or slate.
Other shingles that you could consider in addition to various asphalt roof shingles for your home are:
- Coal and Tar
- Cool Roof Aluminum Coated
- Copper Roofing
- Composite Plastic
- Fiber Cement
- Green Roofing
- Metal Roofing
- Simulated Slate, Slate Tiles, Tile Roof
How long do roof shingles last?
Manufacturers guarantee asphalt shingles 20 to 30 years, but roofing contractors recommend at 20 years, it is time to have your roof inspected. Depending on the climate and the weather elements like hail, high winds, ice, rain, snow, and UV rays can take a toll on a roof.
Wood shake roof shingle last approximately thirty years, ceramic tile roofs 25 years, and metal roofing can last up to 100 years or longer. Just like with asphalt roof tiles, the climate and weather can speed the aging up on these roofing materials.
How much are shingles for a roof?
The most common asphalt roof shingle type can cost anywhere from $80 and up per square, with a square covering 100 square feet. This pricing can vary from region to region, while the brand and quality influence pricing.
How much does it cost to replace a roof on a 1500 square foot house?
There are several factors involved in determining the cost of installing roof shingles on a house of any size, with the size of the house being the biggest factor. Other factors that go into consideration are the roof shingle, the different pitches of the roof, and any unforeseen problems that can arise.
It can also depend on who to install roof shingles for you, with each contractor having their own rate schedule. Some are inexpensive and others are the top dollar. We recommend it a homeowner research several contractors for quotes, the same you would with auto repair, furnace repair, etcetera. The highest price is not necessarily the best quality, nor is the lowest price the worst quality.
How long do 30-year architectural shingles really last?
Shingles come in different classes with a lifetime guarantee. Manufacturers will tell you that architectural roof shingles will last 30 years. The truth though, they will become worn from the elements and the UV rays, giving you a lifespan of 25 years. If the roof isn’t maintained properly, they may last only twelve to fifteen years.
Manufacturers will also tell you that the asphalt shingles today are algae resistant and fungus resistant. What they don’t tell you is that resistance only lasts for two years, not the lifetime of the roof. As a homeowner, you need to have your roof cleaned regularly to keep the algae and fungus off, which will give you roof a longer lifespan.
We have answered the commonly asked questions, and while it may seem like a silly question, many people wonder are roof shingles waterproof? Asphalt roof shingles are the most common material in the roofing material. They come with a solid waterproof material, either roofing felt or tar paper that is positioned between the rafters and roof shingles. There is a new product on the market today that is lighter and stronger for waterproofing, thermoplastic polyolefin.
Another question that many ask, “Can roof shingles be installed in cold weather?” and the answer is yes. Asphalt roof shingles can be installed in cold temperatures with success, provided the contractor uses safe practices.
Being on a roof of any height with ice, rain, or snow makes for a dangerous working condition. The human body changes when the temperatures drop and so does the equipment used for roofing. With proper shoes and safety gear, the job can be safely and successfully completed. Need shingle roofing installation in Cincinnati, OH? Call Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection today at 513-563-9988 for expert roofing services!