Everyone knows a house needs a strong foundation, but a house also needs a secure roofing system. From the underlayment to the ridge vent, the installation of a shingle roof must be performed by trained and licensed professionals.
Shingle roofs are by far the most popular. They are also the most cost-effective. They do a great job resisting extreme temperatures and protecting you from the elements, but not all shingles roofs are the same.
Shingles come in a variety of warranty lengths ranging from 20 to 50 years. Typically, the rating determines the weight, wind resistance and price. 20-year shingles are not nearly as heavy, sturdy and expensive as 50-year shingles.
If your home is in need of a shingle roof, you must ask yourself two questions:
1. How much? This is based on how much repair the roof requires or if it has to be completely replaced and what your budget can afford. It’s strongly recommended not to take the cheapest route. Doing so may cost you much more in the long run.
2. How long? Once you’ve determined what’s required, you need to decide how long you plan on residing in the house, your geographical location and the type of weather you frequently experience. If you get a lot of wind and rain, you may want to go with a durable shingle.
You’ll also need to decide what type of shingle you want to be installed. There are two types:
1. 3-Tab Asphalt Shingles – the standard. These are the more common and economical version. They lay flat over each other creating straight lines. Installation of these requires more attention to detail as the slightest error will make the mistake grossly apparent.
2. Architectural/Dimensional Asphalt Shingles – the next evolution. These tend to be the choice of newer homes because they resemble the look of cedar shake while providing the functionality of an asphalt shingle. They are thicker and sturdier than 3-tab shingles. Installation of these is more forgiving as they hide imperfections better.