The majority of homes in the U.S. use asphalt shingles as a roof covering. Here we discuss the different styles of shingles available, and how to get the most life out of your roof.
What You Should Know About Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt Shingles are the most common type of roofing material because of its water resistant style and long life span. Other features that make this material an easy choice are its different styles, colors and its relative low cost.
Types of Asphalt Shingles used on a roof
- The three-tab shingles: This is the most economical shingle and can last for decades under normal conditions. Still, it lacks some of the advanced quality in dimensional and luxury shingles. One of the cons of three-tab shingles is fewer aesthetic options.
- Dimensional shingles: This type of shingle is often called laminated or architectural shingles. It’s more expensive than the three-tab shingles, yet the most popular among the three. It is extremely durable and can last 30 years or longer.
- Luxury shingles: Now, what about luxury shingles? The name is self-explanatory. . These have a maximum of everything the others have. They have good durability and strength. They mimic the look of slate and shake shingles without the incurred cost.
Can You Lengthen the Life Span of Your Roof?
Do you know that your roof needs air to breathe? Yes, the roof functions properly when it has enough air circulation to breathe..
Why do asphalt shingles get brittle and fail sooner than expected? One major problem could be that the vents are insufficient for the attic space (or blocked), and the air isn’t allowed free passage. Proper ventilation (ridge, soffit, off ridge, or power vents) your shingles will ensure a longer life.
Another culprit of asphalt shingles becoming brittle are UV rays. Consistent high temperatures can cause asphalt shingles to become brittle before the expected life-span. There is not much that can be done about UV rays, so that makes ventilation that much more important!
Another common issue that can cause premature failure and requires roof repair is the accumulation of debris on low slope areas or in valleys. This can cause water intrusion where the debris acts as a dam and does not allow water to run off. For this reason, it is very cost effective to have a yearly inspection and cleaning to be done by trained specialists. Many people hire landscapers to blow the debris from the roof. This can be problematic for a number of reasons (insurance liability, etc.), but primarily because damage can be caused very quickly to shingles if the person on the roof does not have the proper shoes and/or does not know how and where to place their feet when walking on shingles.
When Should You Repair or Replace a Roof?
Circumstances that may warrant a repair includes:
- Damage in a specific area of the roof usually due to wind, hailstones, and falling tree debris.
- Loose and shifting shingles as a result of missing nails.
- When moss grows in a particular area, moisture may be an issue.
Circumstances that may require complete replacement of your roof include:
- Brittle or missing shingles
- Water damage
- Extensive moss growth
- Missing granules
It’s good to have a professional roof inspector check your roof in case of any damage or brittle shingles. Knowing there is an issue before it becomes evident can save you time and money! Call us today for your free inspection.