Roof replacement requires a lot of planning and decision-making, by both property owners and contractors. The first decision you make in regards to roof replacement is to actually move forward with the project, while the next decision you make is which company to hire. However, not all important decisions come first. Your third decision will be very impactful, as it will set the course for the next couple of decades. This decision will be about roofing material, and which one you would like for your property.
Shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials, and one you will likely lean toward. There are many types of shingles to choose from, so it is important to get to know the facts about each before making any final decisions. Your roofing contractor can help you with this part of the process too.
Continue reading to learn about the most common types of roof shingles, and expand your knowledge on roofing options.
⇒ Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are made of asphalt, and strengthened with fiberglass or organic materials, such as wood or cellulose. They by far, one of the most popular choices for roofing. Not only are they cheap, light-weight, fire and waterproof, and easy to install, they last a long time and do not requires heavy maintenance. They are also easy to repair. You could even qualify for a tax credit if you choose an ENERGY STAR-qualified product.
They are recommended for both residential and commercial properties in the Northeast and Northwest regions, and come in a wide array of colors and styles. But they do have some common downfalls too. Not only do they have the shortest lifespan (15 to 30 years), they are also more susceptible to damage caused by temperature fluctuations and inclement weather.
⇒ Wood Shingles
Wood shingles are another popular choice for roofing, but they are not a good fit for every property. Wood shingles have both pros and cons, and depending on your situation, they may or may not be a viable option for you. They are classic, stunning, eco-friendly, and come in an infinite selection of colors, stains, textures, and designs. They are also long-lasting, and can perform well for 25 to 30 years.
But wood is heavy, making it more difficult to install, which makes labor costs increase. Furthermore, wood is high maintenance, as it is not waterproof nor fireproof. In fact, some areas have fire codes that prohibit wood shingles or shakes for roofing. It is also susceptible to wood rot, mold, hail, and termites.
⇒ Composite Shingles
Composite shingles are made of polymer, rubber, or plastic. This means they can be customized any which way. They come in a vast quantity of colors, textures, designs, and shapes, and can even mimic higher-end materials like wood or slate roofing, but for a fraction of the cost. They have an incredibly long lifespan, averaging out to around 50 years or so, and require very little maintenance. Also, they are heat-and impact-resistant, as well as, moss and UV-resistance.
Downfalls do exist for these seemingly perfect roofing shingles. Not only are they an expensive option, there are very few roofers with enough experience to install them properly. Furthermore, they tend to provide less insulation compared to other roofing materials, and they are prone to water absorption and damage in areas where precipitation levels are high.
Hire a Pro for Reroofing
All roof shingles must be installed by a professional and experienced roofer to ensure quality, performance, and to protect the warranty. Be sure to choose a licensed, bonded, and insured Indianapolis roofing company for trusted service.