Shingle roofs are by far the most popular roofing style in the United States. Some estimates suggest that up to 80% of American homes are topped with shingle roofs. So what makes this roofing style so popular? Here’s a few facts that can help you learn more about shingle roofs and decide if this roofing style is the best fit for your home.
1. Shingles have been around for a long time.
Shingle roofs have been around for centuries! Historically, and even today in some parts of the world, shingles were commonly made of materials like wood or stone. But when we talk about modern shingles, we’re generally talking about asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles have a pretty impressive track record – they were developed and widely adopted in the United States around the turn of the century and have remained a popular choice ever since. Over the years, asphalt shingles have been fine-tuned to improve their durability and function, and are only getting better!
2. Shingles are cost-effective.
For many homeowners, price is a huge consideration when purchasing a new roof. Asphalt shingles are by far the most inexpensive roofing option available for residential properties. The total cost of a new shingle roof will depend on the size of your home, the style of shingles chosen, and whether any other components like flashing also need to be replaced. However you can usually expect to pay up to four times more for many tile and some metal roofs, making shingles the most cost effective option up front. You can learn more about the pros and cons of different types of roofing materials here.
3. Shingles are suitable for all climates.
Over the years, asphalt shingles have been carefully engineered and refined to withstand the elements. In Florida, homeowners’ major weather-related concerns generally include rain, wind, and sun damage. GAF’s Advanced Protection® shingles are laboratory-tested to withstand wind speeds up to 150 mph. They are also tested to resist long-term sun and heat exposure, as well as wind-driven rain. Similarly, Owens Corning’s SureNail® Technology is designed to ensure your new shingle roof stays intact through the roughest weather by providing exceptional grip strength. In addition to durability, some shingles can actually help keep your home cool in the Florida sun by reflecting solar energy. Owens Corning offers this feature in its Duration® Premium COOL Shingles, while GAF has this technology available in its Timberline® Cool Series® shingles.
4. They’re relatively quick and easy to install or replace.
A roof replacement is a big step, and can sometimes be stressful. A quick and painless replacement process can help ease some of that stress. A lot of factors can affect the duration of a roof replacement, including the size of your roof and whether you have any larger structural problems that need to be addressed. One such factor that can affect the time needed to complete your roof replacement is the type of material used. Certain roofing materials like tile are a lot more difficult to install compared to shingles. Shingle roofs are generally considered one of the fastest and easiest roofing types to install, making the transition quick and comfortable for you and your family.
5. They come in a huge range of colors and styles.
A roof’s main purpose is to protect your home from the elements. But beyond this critical function, your roof can also be a work of art! Today’s asphalt shingles come in a huge range of colors and shapes to match the architecture of your home as well as your personal style. Owens Corning offers a number of shingle styles in a wide range of colors. For example, their TruDefinition® Duration® shinglecomes in 12 distinct shades. Similarly, GAF’s best-selling Timberline HD® shingle comes in 11 unique colors to fit your needs. Curious to see how these shingles look in person instead of on a screen? GAF’s website offers a map feature in which you can locate real homes in your area that use their shingles, including the style and color used. A quick tour of your neighborhood using this feature can help you weigh your options more effectively.
There are clearly plenty of reasons that asphalt shingles have been the most popular roofing material in America for the last century, and manufacturers are creating new products every day to improve their function and value. If you’re thinking about a new shingle roof, we are here to answer any questions you have and help you find your perfect roof. Contact us today!
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Manager Joshua Manaugh holds a license in the state of Florida both as a general contractor and roofer. His career has afforded him the opportunity to manage many projects in the construction field and he has successfully rehabilitated more than a thousand residential properties in Tampa.
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