Some of the most expensive possessions we own are found under our roofs. But more than that, the most important people in our lives also are found under our roofs… our families. So to say that a roof over our heads is important is an understatement.
We want to make sure that the people we love and the possessions we own are well protected so we take great strides to ensure their safety. Out of all the different types of roof coverings in North America, 75% of them have asphalt roofing shingles on their roofs.
Types of Roofing Shingles
There are various types of shingles produced in the United States. Materials such as asphalt, wood, slate, metal, plastic, tile, rubber, and fiber cement. “Asphalt” shingles are by far the most popular shingle installed in America. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. “Wood” shingles are tapered pieces of wood and are very eye appealing but can be a fire hazard. “Slate” shingles are natural stone. It is very heavy and requires a strong roof structure. “Metal” shingles are lightweight, come in various colors, and mimic different types of roofing materials like wood, slate, or even asphalt shingles. It is durable, 100% recyclable, and considered a green eco-friendly roofing product. “Rubber” shingles are made of rubber and are the most hail-resistant product available. There are other types of shingles not addressed here.
Shingles are installed by starting at the bottom of the roof and working up and overlapping each row of shingles in succession until the ridge is reached. Then a ridge cap is installed. This roofing process results in water being directed off the roof and into a gutter system. According to “homesteady.com,” roofing shingles create a watertight, wind-resistant seal that protects your roof from environmental damage.
Shingles come in eye-appealing colors, textures, and patterns. Shingles are the finished product of a three-step roofing installation process. Underneath the shingle installation is the decking and the underlayment. All three installation steps help to ensure a sound and solid roofing system that is free of water penetration. They also serve to keep the contents of the structure dry, but also cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months.
Some roofing shingles have a Class A fire rating meaning they are highly fire-resistant or non-combustible. Class A shingles are required on some buildings by city code. They are also very desirable in areas with fire hazards. Shingles have a wide variety of warranties ranging from 20 to 50 years depending on the type of shingle you purchase.
When it comes to protecting your home or business shingles are at the top of the list. There are shingles for every budget, every climate, and every décor. And a new shingle that is looking very promising is the “Solar Shingle.” The solar shingle is designed to look like a conventional shingle but gathers power from the sun and turns it into energy to use in your home.
If you would like help picking out the right roofing shingles for your home or business, pick up the phone and call us today for your free, no-pressure estimate.