Roof shingles are a covering consisting of individual overlapping asphalt elements. These elements are typically flat, rectangular shapes laid in courses from the bottom edge of the roof up, with each successive course overlapping the joints below.
Designing with shingles:
Shingles are available in several styles, designs, colors, and durability, and are available from many different manufacturers.
When should I replace my shingles?
We may find that repairs to your roof is all that is needed, but there comes a time when shingles have lost the ability to properly protect your home. While a repair job can often be more convenient and more cost-efficient, however, it is wise not to spend money on a repair when it should be replaced.
Can I go over my old shingles?
In the state of Florida, you are allowed to “roof over” one time with a second roof, but we do not feel this is a good idea. Doing so locks in moisture due to the high humidity here in Florida. It also prevents the ability to inspect the roof wood decking for any rotting or damaged wood in order to replace it.
Should I consider metal or tile?
Metal or Tile of course costs more than shingles, but, when the budget allows, it is a better way to go. They add value to the home and longer life to the roof.
How long will the job take?
Most shingle roofs can be completed within one or two days.
What underlayment should I choose?
This is a very important question, as of January 1st 2021, the state of Florida has changed the building codes requirements. LibertyRoofing of Central Florida uses a premium underlayment on all shingle roofs which is a “peel & stick” product that does not have to be nailed down but adheres directly to the roof deck. Some insurance companies offer a discount when this product is used.
What are shingle roofs made of?
Shingles are made up of a combination of asphalt and adhesives, as well as granules and fiberglass. Granules disperse and reflect the sun’s rays. Fiberglass is used because it has tough strands of plastic woven together to resist moisture.
How weather resistant are shingles?
Shingles are an excellent choice for weather resistance. Strong fiberglass materials mean that they are unlikely to come apart with strong winds or fire. In addition, they have adhesive strips to bind layers together. They can also be rated Class H to withstand hurricane force winds up to 130 mph.
What is the average lifespan for shingles?
Architectural shingles come with a 30-year life span with proper installation and maintenance.
There are a few signs to look out forwhen it may come time to repair your shingle roof.
- Missing shingles
- Shingle edges are curled or cupped.
- Bald spots where granules may be missing.
- Shingles are cracked.
- Dark streaks which could indicate algae.
- Moss is growing along the shingles.
How can I maximize the lifespan of my roof?
There are a few things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your roof.
1) Ventilate your attic. Proper ventilation of roofs will prevent too much moisture from getting in attic spaces. Moisture underneath the shingles can cause them to swell and buckle.
2) Keep roofs clean and don’t allow tree branches to hang over and scrape the roof.
3) Increase the pitch of your roof. Steeper roofs shed water faster.
4) Replace cracked or curling shingles as soon as possible.
5) Keepup with annual inspections.
What colors are available?
Roof shingles are a versatile pick for any homeowner. Roof shingles are offered in more than 10 colors. Some of the most popular colors include gray, light brown, dark brown, and black. There are even options in blue, green, or off-white hues.
Selecting the right shingle color can boost curb appeal and make a great first impression from the front of your home. In addition to a wide variety of colors, asphalt shingles are available in different architectural styles. These designer shingles (also called “premium” or “luxury” shingles) are typically multi-layered and provide a high-end multi-dimensional look.
How much do shingle roofs cost?
Architectural shingles are the most cost-effective of any roofing material. With proper installation and regular maintenance, you can get the most out of your shingle roof.