Nowadays the most popular choice material for roof shingles is the composition roof shingle, especially if you can’t afford a investment grade permanent roofing system such as aluminum. Higher-quality versions made from asphalt or fiberglass shingles offer a more durable option and may be available with recycled content. The advantage of these roof shingles is that they are quite pocket friendly. Apart from this, they are also available in a wide variety of styles and colors and thus you have a lot of options to choose from. They are relatively easy to install, and in some applications can be nailed in place over an existing roof. They require low maintenance and can be walked on without damaging the material. Most brands offer Class A fire protection. In other word, composition shingles have excellent fire resistant properties.
They come in two types – organic, and non-organic, which is fiberglass. They follow strict guidelines for manufacture. They come in a variety of colors and durability. They are seen on homes in every part of the country. Most contractors who specialize in winnipeg roofing use them The biggest downfall of this shingle is its vulnerability to wind and ice damage.
Organic shingles are generally paper (felt) saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof, then a top coating of adhesive asphalt is applied and ceramic granules are then embedded is generally 2 to 3 feet long. It is made of substances like tar, thick felt, crushed rock and other suitable materials all formed together into a single section. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 sq ft.) than fiberglass shingles which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance.
Fiberglass shingles have a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing mat. The glass fiber mat is not waterproof by itself. Fiberglass mat is made from wet, random-laid fiberglass bonded with urea-formaldehyde resin. The mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers and makes the fiberglass shingle waterproof. Fiberglass reinforcement was devised as the replacement for asbestos paper reinforcement of roofing shingles and typically ranges from 1.8 to 2.3 pounds/square foot. A newer design of fiberglass asphalt shingle, called laminated or architectural, uses two distinct layers which are bonded together. Laminate shingles are heavier, more expensive, and arguably more durable than traditional shingle designs. Laminated shingles also give a more varied, contoured visual effect to a roof surface.
Below is a list of some of the advantages and disadvantages of Composition (asphalt shingles): Advantages:
* Can be used on any house from contemporary to historic.
* ranges from low-cost 3-tab shingle to architectural shingles with extra durability and style.
* many colors, types, and manufacturers.
* suitable for most residential applications.
* easy to repair * fire resistant Disadvantages:
* relatively short life-span (10–20 years in a non hail environment).
* scars easily when hot * subject to mildew and moss and algae.
*Prorated warranties that exclude everything but shingles.
*Shingle protection period of only 3 to 5 years.
*Damages when walked on.
* environmentally unfriendly (takes over 50 years to decompose in a landfill.)
To prolong the life of your roof, use a roofing material that will better resist hail damage. Breakthroughs in technology and standardized testing are contributing new materials expected to more effectively resist hail damage. It wasn’t until 1996 that a testing standard (UL 2218) was developed to grade the impact resistance of roofing materials. A Class IV, impact resistant composition roof, the highest level achievable, can save a homeowner up to 35% on their homeowners policy. Clearly, if impact-resistant roofs become widespread, everyone could benefit. Homeowners not only save money through the discounts, but they also reduce the hassle of recovering from storm damage. For many homeowners when its time to replace that old roof, the best answer is a 50 year Class IV roof combined with ThermaDeck. This unique combination can add up to savings of 30% off homeowners insurance and up to 50% off monthly energy bills.Contact UsIt is quick and easy! Simply click the quick contact button to the right to fill out our contact form and one of our representatives will get in touch with you. Be sure and fill out the comments section with any questions you may have.