How to Choose the Right Shingles For Your Roof

Thinking about remodeling your home? Consider upgrades such as new roofing materials! From asphalt to metal shingles, there are many different roofing materials to consider. Additionally, each material has advantages and disadvantages. Check out these common materials to help you choose the right shingles for your roof!

Asphalt Composition Shingles

Asphalt shingles come in two varieties – fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass asphalt shingles were developed in the 1980s and have many of the advantages offered by the organic asphalt shingles. Because they contain less asphalt, they are lighter weight, thinner, and less prone to warping than organic asphalt shingles. In general, asphalt composition shingles are relatively inexpensive, while remaining durable and easy to obtain. Consequently, they are the most popular type of roofing material. Moreover, they come in a wide variety of colors and styles and are suitable for a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures. They typically last about 20 years, a relatively short life expectancy compared to heavier materials such as slate, concrete, and metal. Dark asphalt shingles can be prone to fading and tend to exhibit inconsistencies in color over time. However, you can apply a sodium hypochlorite bleach solution to treat discoloration.

Rubber Slate or “Faux” Slate

Rubber slate roofing, or “faux” slate roofing, offers a durable, budget-friendly alternative to the material typically found on older homes. Made from the same material as car bumpers, rubber slate can last up to 100 years and are flexible, pre-drilled, and calibrated. Consequently, it is an ideal product for a steep, complex roof with turrets and valleys. While they are slightly less expensive than real slate roofing materials, their quality can vary, both aesthetically and when it comes to the materials used to make them. If you decide to use rubber slate shingles, be sure to carefully research what type of materials go into making them. Additionally, always purchase the product from a reliable manufacturer.

Slate Roofing

Advocates of slate roofing praise its sophisticated look. Advantages of slate include its natural appearance, fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance, and a long life expectancy (about 100 years). It is available in a variety of colors and styles, and its longevity minimizes its environmental impact. Many homeowners find the cost of slate to be the biggest deterrent. Consider the weight that the slate will add to your roofing structure. Due in part to the fragility of the material, installing a slate roof requires a high degree of expertise.

Wood Shake

Wood shake shingles are often manufactured from western red cedar, cypress, pine, and redwood trees and are an eco-friendly roofing choice. Cedar shakes can be pressure treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives. This also protects against decay and insects. Wood shake shingles have a particularly low impact on the quality of water runoff. They also have a life expectancy of around 30 years or more, making them an environmentally friendly option.

Metal Roofing

Metal shingles are low maintenance, lightweight, environmentally friendly, and extremely fire-resistance. Additionally, they are great at reflecting heat from the sun, reducing homeowners’ energy costs. Consequently, they are growing in popularity and becoming an increasingly viable option for homeowners. However, installing metal roofing is a complex process and requires a contractor with experience installing metal roofs. Residential metal roofing comes in two basic forms – sheet-like panels and shingles. While the sheet-like panels offer a clean, contemporary look, the shingles have a more traditional appearance and can be formed into shapes that imitate materials like Spanish tile, wood shakes, or slate. A metal roof may lose shine over time. Luckily, you can easily repaint as long as you have a solid structure.

Roofing Materials Commonly Used in Southern California

Fiberglass asphalt composition shingles and cement tiles are the most popular roofing materials in Southern California. Fiberglass asphalt compositions shingles are popular because they are one of the most budget-friendly options. Because Southern They are also extremely lightweight, which is attractive to homeowners in areas where earthquakes are likely to occur. It is unlikely that an entire roof would collapse unless you live at the epicenter of a major earthquake. However, in these extreme cases, the structural damage to a home could be more extensive if the roof is heavy. Fire is also a major concern for homeowners in Southern California. Cement tiles are extremely fire-resistant and don’t absorb as much heat as asphalt shingles do.

We hope our list will help you choose the right shingles for your roof? Officially hooked on the idea of a renovation? Read our article “What Goes Into a Roof Replacement“ and contact us for an estimate!

By |2018-06-15T19:51:11+00:00January 15th, 2018|Building Materials, Construction, Roofing & Roof Replacement|
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