When you think of a roof, you probably think of the shingles. It is the final layer of a roof and what people see at first glance. The roof is the first barrier against weather elements so it must be durable and weather-resistant. The top layer consists of asphalt shingles, tile, metal, wood, or slate.
A roof will typically last for decades, so the selection of materials should be approached responsibly and deliberately. Asphalt shingles are the most common residential roofing material type in the U.S., and for a good reason.
Asphalt Shingles Basics
Asphalt shingles are made of asphalt with fiberglass and ceramic granules. Their affordability has made them the industry standard for over 150 years. Another benefit is their effectiveness across many climates and environmental conditions.
Roofing shingles come in 3 basic varieties:
- 3-tab shingles have the traditional design and maintain a uniform look on the roof because they have the same size and shape.
- Dimensional shingles are the most common type installed on roofs today. They consist of several layers of material laminated together. This makes them stronger and more durable than the traditional 3-tab. They’re distinguished by their dimensional appearance, with enhanced textures and patterns.
- Luxury shingles mimic the look of cedar and slate roofing, but at a fraction of the cost. They are an excellent option for older homes to maintain the aged aesthetics without the hefty price tag. They provide aesthetic enhancements beyond those offered by dimensional shingles.
Asphalt shingles come in different designs, styles, and colors. On average, roofing shingles can last 15 to 30 years, based on style, weather conditions, and quality of installation.
Installation of Roofing Materials
Shingles work on almost any type of roof with a slope. The roofing material is installed after the underlayment and cannot be seen from the attic.
Before the roofing contractor covers your entire roof with shingles, they’ll start by installing starter strip shingles at the eaves. The start strip reduces the risk of water leaks and prevents the rest of the shingles from being blown off by strong winds.
When the rest of the shingles are installed, your contractor will finish the look with hip and ridge shingles. They help protect your home from water leaks and should be found at the hip and ridge of your roof.
It’s essential to have a maintenance schedule for your roofing system and replace shingles at the end of their lifespan. You know it’s time to repair or replace your roof if:
- Shingles are cracked, curled, or missing
- Lost shingle granules in gutters
- Leaks in the attic
- Blistering or peeling paint
- Sagging roof deck
- High heating and cooling bills
- Staining on ceilings and interior walls
- The roof has outlived its expected lifespan
- Your roofing contractor has determined repair or replacement is needed
When it comes to asphalt shingle roofing services in Lee’s Summit, MO, you can count on Bill West Roofing to get the job done right. We’re committed to using the highest quality asphalt roofing products on the market and providing customers with the highest quality workmanship. We proudly install CertainTeed® roofing shingles. Contact us today to request a free estimate.