Roofing Shingles Service Port Washington NY

Roofing Shingles

Understanding Roofing Shingles Port Washington

The common trade name of the traditional shingle is asphalt shingle, fiberglass composition, composition shingle. Names that mean the same thing; that is, a roofing material composed of a thin fiberglass mat, asphalt, lime binder, and granite chips coated with ceramic for color. Asphalt shingle roofing is known as a cost-efficient product to satisfy lower price points, asphalt shingles have increased their aesthetic appeal due to improved manufacturing of thicker and stronger shingles.Due to their cost-efficiency asphalt shingles have dominated market share. However, through 2019, the price point of asphalt shingles in Port Washington NY has greatly increased. Now, more decision-makers are looking at the benefits of other materials rather than just choosing the cheapest. In fact, more and more people are choosing stone coated steel roofs to do to their durability. The fact is asphalt shingles are not lasting as long as the length of the stated warranty period and is one of the reasons why homeowners choose Port Washington Roofing for metal roof replacements vs asphalt shingle roofs.

Challenges for asphalt shingle roofs Port Washington NY

One of the challenges to an asphalt roofing material is that the Sun bakes the Asphalt binder, the ceramic chips fall off and then deterioration is accelerated to the point that an Asphalt roof warranted according to national reports, only 15 to 20 years.

Roofing Shingles 101

Roof shingles are a very common roofing material that consists of individual, overlapping objects. They can be made of many different materials including asphalt, wood, slate, and plastic.

Being a highly visible part of any home, the esthetics of shingles is important, which is why they come in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures. When building a home, the shingle material is taken into account before the planning starts because it can affect the construction method and the pitch of the roof. For example, some shingles like slate are heavy and may need extra framing to support them.

Shingles are installed from the bottom up, and they are generally placed over an underlayment material such as roofing felt. The underlayment material helps prevent leaks. Some shingles come with a better fire rating than others and some may even be non-combustible. Building codes in some areas may restrict the use of certain types of shingles (such as wood shingles) because of their poor fire rating. Make sure you check fire codes and building codes to find any restrictions for your area.

Asphalt Composition Shingles

Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in Port Washington. The main advantages of choosing this type of roof shingle include their low cost, ease of installation, and the wide variety of styles and colors that they are available in. Asphalt roof shingles are not too heavy or too light and come as three-tab, laminated.,or individual shingles.

Three-tab and laminated asphalt shingles have a strip of factory-applied adhesive that is activated by the sun’s heat to help seal the strips of shingles together. Three-tab shingles typically have a warranty and can usually withstand up to 60 mph winds. Laminated (also called architectural or dimensional) shingles have more than one layer of tabs to provide extra thickness. The top layer is cut into shapes to make a three-dimensional look. Laminated asphalt shingles usually have a 30-50 year warranty and can withstand up to 70 to 100 mph winds. 

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles provide a more natural look and character to your roof. They are known as either shingles or shakes, and the difference between the two is in their production method. Shingles are sawn into their form, while shakes are split. If wood roof shingles are properly maintained, they can possibly last for years. Due to their poor fire rating, though, wood shingles are known as a fire hazard. They are especially dangerous in urban areas, where they can be surrounded by other combustible materials.

Slate Shingles

Slate roof shingles are made from blocks of stone. They are on the more expensive side, but with good quality shingles, you will get a roof that can potentially last 75 to 200 years. This is because slate shingles deteriorate very slowly.  Due to their longevity, they can also be reused in other buildings.

Synthetic Shingles

Synthetic, or plastic, shingles are lightweight, cheap and strong. They can be made out of recycled material and are available as imitations of other natural materials such as slate and wood. The maintenance for synthetic roof shingles is much easier than their natural counterparts and some manufacturers may warranty these shingles up to 50 years.  

Which Material is Best For You?

The most common roof shingle used by homeowners today is the asphalt because they have the right balance when it comes to durability and price. You can, however, choose to invest in stone shingles for a much more durable roof, or in plastic shingles for a lower upfront cost. Ultimately, the choice will depend on your budget and what is available in your area.