Extremely popular in Texas, shingle roofs are the most common type of roof in the Valley. When built and installed by professionals, shingle roofs can be beautiful and durable.
Shingle roofs are a lot like tiles, which are spread over your roof in an overlapping manner. While many people are tempted to lay out the shingles on their roof themselves, it’s a job best left to the professionals. The elegance of asphalt shingles in Texas sometimes comes across as uncomplicated, which might spur a DIY passion in some enthusiastic homeowners.
However, the process is more involved including numerous factors such as choosing the best shingle roofing material for your roof, properly installed underlayment, deciding optimal shingle styles, and how they should be placed. Shingle roofing tiles come in various materials, each with its own advantages. We’ve listed the different types of shingle roof options below.
Fiberglass and organic are two different types of asphalt roofing shingles. They are both simple to install, moderately affordable and durable.
When urea-formaldehyde resin and wet fiberglass are mixed together, the result is fiberglass asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles in Texas are fire-resistant and the asphalt coating ensures they are waterproof as well.
The mixture of asphalt, adhesive asphalt and the top layer of clay particles creates organic roofing shingles.
Polymer roofing shingles are built from special chemicals, offering a range of benefits such as durability and weather resistance. These are a great option for Texas temperatures and sunny days. Polymer roofing shingles are inherently capable of warding off negative environmental factors. A polymer roof protects your house from heat, fire, and rain.
In addition to this robust security, polymer shingles are also an affordable roofing option. They are cheaper than shingles made from natural materials. Needless to say, polymers durability will pay for its cost many times over, over its long life.
If you are attracted by the looks of natural shingle roofing, but your budget doesn’t allow it, polymer shingle roofing can be made to imitate the look & feel of the classy natural shingle roofing.
We begin by running a starter layer of shingles along the bottom of your roof. We use roofing nails placed a couple of inches from your roof edge and nail them in firmly. We then proceed down both sides of your roof. The first layer of full shingles is placed close to the bottom corner. They are locked into place using nails just under the shingles tar line.
Shingle roofing in Texas involves staggering your shingles for every new row. There are square and broken sections at the bottom of your shingles. We line up each new row with the broken section of the last row to ensure the break is in the center of the square. Water can then flow to prevent leakage behind your shingles. Each new row backs up the previous row and lines up with the roof edge.
Maintaining the stagger provides your roof with additional strength. Once your Texas shingle roofing is placed, ridge caps are required. The entire ridge of the shingles must be completely covered. We finish your shingle roofing installation by using roofing cement or tar to cover the exposed nails. Our team makes certain your roof has been installed properly before beginning a thorough clean-up.
Texas shingle roofing offers you a wide range of benefits. We offer a variety of different colors, textures and styles for every taste. Asphalt shingles are easy to maintain, durable and cost-effective. Certain types of asphalt shingles are created to resemble slate, cedar and tile. The best part is you receive more benefits than with these other types of roofing materials.
Shingle roofing in Texas offers you many of the best manufacturer warranties available in the roofing industry. Your shingle roof also costs less than either wood or tile roofing systems.
We have more than 40 years of experience in shingle roofing in Texas so we can help you select the best system for your home. No matter which type of roofing you prefer, we use only high-quality shingles for residential roofing.
The ideal type of roofing for your needs depends on many factors including your budget, house type and preferences. For over four decades, we’ve helped Texas homeowners just like you select the best products for their roofs.
In most cases, shingle roofing repair is a fairly simple process. Our expertise is critical when your replacement shingles do not match your existing shingles due to weathering. This happens frequently due to the original manufacturers no longer being in business or discontinuing certain products. Our crew has the training required to repair culled and cracked shingles and wet or dark shingles while ensuring your roof has a uniform look.
If you have shingles you believe to be loose, Texas shingle roofing repair may be necessary. If you are uncertain as to whether or not a repair is required, we’ll perform a roof inspection to help you figure it out. Repairing small issues now will save you money in the future. There are also warning signs to watch for if your roof is in need of repair, including:
Particles are shed by both composite and asphalt materials when they wear out. Look for particles similar to black, coarse sand in your gutters.
If you see curled, warped or cracked shingles, this type of damage usually means your shingles are close to the end of their lifespan. This is especially true if these types of issues are present all over your roof surface.
Wet or dark shingles indicate trapped moisture. This means your shingles are not performing correctly and shingle roofing repair may be necessary. The shingles retaining the most water may not be causing your issue because water runs downhill.
If you see rain entering your attic, you need shingle roofing repair or replacement. Streams of light with no apparent cause are also an indication you need a new roof. Light enters your home through the same holes as water.
If moisture is entering your home through the roof, the result is often discoloration or stains on your ceilings and walls.
When warm or cool air is leaking from your home through your roof, your energy bills will be significantly higher.
The first place to look for deterioration is around objects stemming from your roof such as chimneys, skylights and vents.
This depends on the environment. A shingle roof usually lasts 15 years. That is just an average. Some will need to be replaced at 10 years and others will last over 20. Debris, sun light, ventilation and other factors, such as bird nesting, play a vital role with how long your roof will last.
In our honest opinion, they are all the same. Except F-Wave being a synthetic shingle. Which is great quality and guaranteed to last 50 years. Get in touch to learn more about F-Wave. Back to Asphalt Shingles. The difference is in the policies from the different manufacturers and how well they stand behind their product if something goes wrong. Also, the color choices. Not all companies have the same color choices or availability in our region.
Flashings such as pipe jacks for your bathroom and kitchen vents. An underlayment such as ASTM grade 15# felt. Drip edge or edge metal around the perimeter of the roof.
The longevity of your shingles will depend on the surrounding environment. Proper ventilation, keeping dirt and debris off the roof, and if they are in direct sunlight most of the day are all important factors.
All shingles should have an underlayment. If your roof is not being torn off and the new shingles are being installed over the existing roof, you do not need to install a new underlayment between the old shingles and new shingles. If you are tearing off the old roof down to the deck or this is a new build, an underlayment must be used.
Shingle roofs will have granule loss over multiple areas of the roof. You may also find pieces of the shingles on the ground after a windy day, this is due to the shingles being brittle and breaking off.
On a tile roof it is extremely hard to tell unless you are having multiple leaks in different areas of the house. If you are experiencing multiple leaks, it is a good indication that the underlayment has either reached the end of its lifespan or that it was installed incorrectly.
Flat roofs with foam and coatings, you will start to see the foam exposed through the top layers of coating. Once the foam has been exposed to the sun, it will need to be ground down or tore off depending on how brittle the foam is.
Our certified roof inspectors will let you know if your roof has any damage that you need to be concerned about.
In addition to having a variety of styles, textures, and colors to choose from, asphalt roofing shingles are cost-effective, durable and easy to maintain. Some varieties of asphalt shingles are manufactured to resemble tile, wood, cedar shakes or slate, while providing more benefits than these other roofing materials. You can visit www.asphaltroofing.org for more information.
To make asphalt shingles, a roll of organic felt or fiberglass mat is mounted and fed into a dry looper. The material passes through a presaturation chamber, then goes into a saturator tank filled with hot asphalt, which coats the fibers. If needed, the material passes through the wet looping machine.
Eves, attics, overhangs, skylights or dead pockets. Check every room, especially in the closets and areas you don’t see every day.
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