A roof shingle is defined as a covering that has overlapping sections. They are typically laid in rows traveling up the roof with the side edges butting up against each other and the tops and bottoms overlapping. Here is information on the different shingles available when you need a new roof.
Asphalt, 3-tab Shingles
The material of choice for decades, asphalt 3-tab shingles are a relatively inexpensive option. The tabs overlap each other, creating a look like brickwork as the shingles move up the roof line. They are fire resistant and available in a wide range of colors. They are also becoming dated, as people make the move to architectural shingles.
Asphalt, Architectural Shingles
Designed to look like cedar shake shingles, tile or a range of other materials, architectural shingles are gaining in popularity. They are constructed in the same manner as traditional 3-tab shingles but offer an attractive, updated look for the house. They are available in a wide range of colors and do not cost much more than 3-tab shingles. As a professional roofing company, we offer a wide range of different architectural shingles.
Used throughout the early days of this country, wood shingles fell out of favor because they are not fire retardant. They can also be crafted from cedar, but either choice will require a great deal of maintenance. They are costly to install and can fall victim to insects, rot and mold.
With their rounded edges and long, rectangular shape, clay tile shingles are easy to recognize. Used heavily in southwestern architecture, there are some homes that simply look better with these shingles. Unfortunately, they are prone to cracking when temperatures fall below freezing so they are not a good choice for the Oklahoma City area.
Another option over clay tiles is slate shingles. They are available in a range of colors and textures. Some are a higher quality than others, as well. The great benefit of slate shingles is that they can last as long as the home if maintained. They also provide homeowners with valuable protection against fire. The downside is that they are heavy and your home must be able to withstand the extra weight. If you choose slate, be sure to hire experienced roofers who have the skills and expertise to install these shingles.
Shingles can even be made from concrete. This choice provides homeowners with an excellent level of fire proofing and is known to require very little maintenance. Unlike slate, the tiles are light in weight. They are ideal for areas that encounter high winds, extreme temperatures and hail.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., has specialized in roofs for several decades. Our team consists of experienced roofers who provide you with free quotes for the work you require. We are on Facebook. Visit us to learn more about how we can help you with your roofing needs.