Everything you need to know about roof shingles


Roof shingles are the roof material which covers the roofing layer. Shingles are made of various materials like slate, wood, flagstone, fiber cement and composite material. Roof shingles are a very popular material in the United States in residential roofing, but have some bad features like the fast deterioration  and need more water than wall shingles. Shingles are very popular roofing material due to easy installation. It is not that expensive and offers a variety of colors and patterns. There are two types of shingles, the fiberglass, and organic.


There are many types of roof shingles, like asphalt, fiberglass shingles, organic shingles, wood shakes, slate, solar shingles and more. Each come in the variety of colors and patterns. The choosing decisions are only on you. For better results, you can always contact a professional who will give you an advice on how to choose and on which elements you should watch. There are several factors like the weather conditions, the construction of the house and its structure, the price range and more.


The one least expensive  can be damaged by the temperature changes, sun exposure, storms and high winds. The damage can be seen after 5 to 6 years after the installation. The average lifetime is about 12-20 years, all depending on the maintenance. Shingles have a protective layer filled with granules, but with time they disappear and speed up the aging of the roofing system. They are heat resistible if they are in a lighter color, so choose these if you live in a sunny area. For humid climate choose the one coated with granules.


Shingles last longer with a proper and maintained roof ventilation. Different types of ventilation shouldn’t be combined with the same roofing system. This can make a the short-circuit effect. Do not block the soffit air because the ventilation will not work. Proper ventilation is required.


This material is considered to be on of the least energy efficient because it absorbs the heat of the sun and raises the temperature in the attic. This material is reflective and stores a lot of thermal energy. This material is very popular due to its installation on any roofing type.


In the winter, shingles can become brittle and the adhesive will not bond, and in the summer, shingles can be damaged when walking on them. The best for removing snow is to call a professional, or not to use the shovel edges or ice picks. Also, the best is to install the barrier for the water and the non granula rice along the valleys and eaves. Use the ice belt pallets on the eaves, because you can prevent ice dams this way. The discoloration indicates the presence of algae, mold, and moisture. Be sure to remove it professionally. Regular maintenance is necessary to prevent any further damages. The regular maintenance includes also an inspection on regular basis, so you find some of the problems on time, and you prevent what is necessary. Therefore, if you feel like you need to check your roofing condition, don’t hesitate to call your trusted local roofing contractor Reilly Roofing & Gutters from Denton, TX.

Reilly Roofing & Gutters
1308 Teasley Ln. #113
Denton, TX 76205
Phone: (940) 222-4373
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
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