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Materials used for residential shingle roofing systems
Nowadays, it seems as if the list of choices and combinations for your roof just keeps getting longer and longer with every passing day. Every type seems to have a subtype that seems to have another subtype and so on. For example, when choosing the style of your roof, you can choose between slates, shakes, shingles and so on. Once you’re done with choosing the type, you have to choose the material you’re going to use. When it comes to shingle roofing systems, there are many further options from which to choose. In general, shingle roofing are by no doubt the most common type of roofing systems you can encounter in the US. Since it’s pretty common, that means that many people across the US have noticed the benefit of owning a shingle roof. There are certain materials used in shingle roofing systems with the most common ones being wood, metal, plastic and asphalt. Each of these materials carries their own benefits and flaws. Let’s start with the wooden shingles. Commonly used in the rural areas of the US, they are probably the image of what pops into your mind once someone mentions shingles. They are extremely popular. However, their popularity is slowly decreasing due to many novelties in the roofing industry. They are extremely susceptible to fire, making them an unwanted choice in naturally hot climates. In addition, their use is being monitored by a number of facilities to ensure a maximum level of security. Wooden shingles are usually made from redwood or cedar, both being extremely high-quality materials. Moreover, they can last up to 40 years, given proper care and maintenance. Their biggest flaw would most certainly be their flammability. Asphalt shingles are a classic in the roofing industry. They are very cheap, affordable for the pocket of almost every homeowner. As a material, asphalt is able to adapt to any kind of environment. Since asphalt isn’t generally fire-resistant, thanks to the modern age of innovations, a subtype has been created which can effectively deal with that problem, dubbing them fire resilient. The biggest flaw in the design of asphalt shingles is their susceptibility to physical damage, coming from any source. Harsh weather conditions can actually be the death of your roof. Their lifespan is predicted to be around 15 years, which is relatively short when compared to other materials. Shingles are generally a heavy-weight material. So, in order to prevent any kind of future damage or inconvenience from happening, before installing them, check with your contractor whether your roof can withstand that amount of pressure. Call an expert today and arrange a meeting. Do not hesitate to invest into your roofing system. However, whatever you do, make sure you’re familiar with every last bit of information. After all, you’re not planning on touching that roof again for many years to come. Most contractors offer a free estimate, so don’t hesitate and arrange a consultation. Get your roof checked out and make sure to maximize its potential! We are currently serving Houston, Pasadena, The Woodlands, Baytown, Conroe, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galveston, Lake Jackson, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Pearland, Rosenberg, Sugar Land, Texas City, Atascocita, Kingwood, Channelview, and Mission Bend.