Everything You Need to Know About Shingle Roofing
We all need a roof over our heads, and you may be considering a new roof or fixing your current one. The first question in your mind could be what material you will go with: concrete, clay, cement, slate, wood or metal, or asphalt shingle roofing. Most people will choose shingle roofing and asphalt for a number of reasons.
Asphalt shingles remains the most recognizable roofing material in East Texas; they have been popular for over 100 years. Shingles are used on most residential buildings. One reason why they have been popular for so long is that they are dependable and withstand harsh weather such as strong winds, hail and thunderstorms. Plus, with the newer technologies available, they have been made better than ever.
Types of Shingle Roofs
No matter what type of shingles you choose for your home, Nunez Roofing can keep them in great shape, or replace them as needed. Our family-owned company is known for their dedication and skills for getting shingle roofing jobs done efficiently. With over ten years experience in fixing roofs in East Texas, our workmanship in shingle roofing is truly second to none. Here are some of our most popular types of shingles:
Asphalt shingles: These shingles are popular not only for their attractiveness but their price and easy installation.
Designer shingles: If you want the elegance of slate or stone without the expensive initial cost, designer shingles made to mimic these materials is a great choice.
Clay and concrete shingles: These are a bit more expensive then asphalt shingles, this choice offers superior durability and great choices in color and décor.
Wood shingles and shakes: If you want the traditional look of wood, it’s always a good choice to go with the real thing. They are easy to install, and offer a great overall look that is a unique choice.
Slate shingles: If you’re looking for old world charm and durability for your home, slate is certainly a great option. Not only does it offer great protection for decades, but it also is a timeless look.
Metal shingles: And finally, if you want a truly a modern look for your roof, a great choice is metal shingles. Not only are they one of the most energy efficient options out there, but they last between 40 and 70 years!
The Pros and Cons of Shingle Roofing
Eighty percent of homeowners in the US choose shingle roofs for many different reasons. The main reasons include their attractiveness, low cost, and ease of maintenance. While these are good reasons to consider, there are some downsides as well.
Pros of Shingle Roofs
Price advantage – Asphalt shingles are among the most affordable roofing materials in the market. When you think that they can last for over 20 years, it becomes a wise investment.
Easy Installation – Since shingle roofs are easy to install the process will take the contractor a relatively short time. Chances are your new roof can be installed in just a few days.
Versatility – Shingles will go well with most roof types, and there are literally hundreds of different styles to choose from.
Variety – Thankfully, this popular roofing material comes in different varieties in terms of color, style and pricing.
Safety – Most asphalt shingles are available in class A fire protection meaning that they are fire resistant.
Cons of Shingle Roofing
Asphalt shingles, just like all other types of roofing materials also have some downsides.
Lifespan – An asphalt shingle roof should last between 15 and 30 years before it needs to be replaced. The lifespan is determined by the type, brand and your maintenance regime. And while this isn’t that bad a lifespan, there are roofing material that can last close to 100 years.
Prone to damage – asphalt shingles are especially prone to damage by high winds, something that East Texas is known to have. This damage mostly happens when high winds lift and loosen the shingles from the roof structure or tears them away. This leaves the structure vulnerable to rain and other elements.
Moss and mildew – if you live in a shady area where there isn’t sufficient sunlight moss and mildew could easily grow on your roof. This can lead to moisture infiltration into your home, which can be problematic.
The decision to replace your roof with a shingle roof is one not to take lightly. After considering all the options, if you feel this popular and affordable option is for you, give us a call.