Asphalt Shingle Roofing:
PROS AND CONS OF SHINGLE ROOFING
Shingle roofs come in a variety of styles, designs, and colors. There are 3-tab shingles and laminated shingles. Laminated shingles are typically referred to as dimensional or architectural shingles. Laminated shingles are a better quality shingle than the 3 tab shingle. Shingle roofs are relatively easy to install and have average durability lasting 15 to 30 years.
WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL CONCERNS OR PROBLEMS WITH SHINGLE ROOFS?
- Quality of the overall installation and shorter life span than other roofing systems.
- Shingles on eaves and rakes not properly sealed or fastened.
- Poor installation pattern and reveal of the shingle.
- Nailing shingles to high or to low or what we call out of the strike zone.
- Nails driven through the shingles or at angles causing the shingles not to seal properly.
- Pipe jacks, headwalls, vents, chimneys and skylights not properly sealed and/or flashed.
- Lack of attic ventilation causing pre-mature deterioration of the shingles.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A SHINGLE ROOF?
Shingle roofs definitely have some advantages over other materials such as tile, slate, and metal. Shingle roofs can also offer energy savings.
- Shingle roofs are cost efficient being the most affordable of the roofing systems.
- Inexpensive labor due to lower skill level required to install shingle roofing.
- Shingle roofs have a variety of styles, designs, and colors to choose from.
- Shingles are flexible and durable making them easy to repair and install.
- Shingles are lightweight and can be applied over almost any structure without modification.
HOW DO YOU INSPECT A SHINGLE ROOF?
Shingle roofs are easy to inspect except in high slope situations where proper safety gear and experience is required. Allow a Professional Roofing Contractor to inspect your roof.
- Determine how many layers of shingles have been installed on the roof.
- Inspect the overall condition of the shingles paying special attention to abnormal defects and granule loss.
- Inspect the condition at and around all roofing penetrations.
- Check various locations around the roof to determine if the shingles sealing strips are properly sealed.
- If possible, always inspect the attic areas for leaks, water stains, and proper fastener lengths through decking.
HOW DO YOU REPAIR SHINGLE ROOFS?
In most circumstances, shingle roofs are relatively easy to repair. You just need a few simple tools like a roofing pry bar, a hammer, roofing mastic, and roofing nails. The problem with replacing shingles is that a new shingle at times will not match well with your existing weathered shingles. Other repairs related to flashings should be left to a professional roofing contractor.
HOW MUCH DO SHINGLE ROOFS COST:
There are various situations to consider when pricing a shingle roof. However, in most cases the average shingle roof will cost between $250.00 per square to $350.00 per square of roofing. A roofing square is 100 square feet or a 10' x 10' area which typically equals 3 bundles of shingles. Some higher end shingle roofs have 4 bundles to a square therefore resulting in higher costs.
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PICTURES OF SHINGLE ROOFS AND SOME COMMON DEFECTS: