by Fred on March 10, 2013


Asphalt Shingle Roofing

When it comes to roofing, there are many options available. Among these options includes asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles happen to be one of the most popular roofing options. They offer several benefits which include easy installation, affordability, versatility, and stylish good looks. Furthermore, asphalt shingles don’t require any specialized accessories for the roof edges, wall terminations, and chimney or vent flashings.

Asphalt shingles traditionally come in 3-tab profiles. However, you will now see newer homes that have steeper roof pitches coming in laminate shingle profiles. A wide range of “architectural” shingles are available, whose profiles suggest the random shadows and patterns of slate, wood shingles, or ceramic tile. Furthermore, you should know that there are also two kinds of asphalt shingles on the market which include fiberglass shingles and organic-mat shingles. Both types are made with asphalt.

Quality and durability are important factors to consider with roofing materials. Asphalt singles come with a wind warranty. Quality shingles range from a 60 mph wind warranty to a 110 mph wind warranty. There are also several other options in between. Keep in mind, however, that warranties are a marketing device and are not a reliable predictor of lifespan.

To ensure quality, be sure to demand shingles that meet industry manufacturing standards. New shingle products are designed to resist damage from impact and high winds. Several manufacturers offer asphalt shingles designed to resist the effects of severe weather such as wind and impact from flying debris or hail. Make sure that you do your homework before selecting just any asphalt shingle for your roof.

It’s easy to find a shingle that will suit your home because there is such a wide range of colors and patterns available to choose from. If you find yourself having a hard time selecting one that will best suit your home, consider asking a roofing specialist to help you out. They can usually direct you to homes that have examples of different shingles. Seeing the shingles on real homes gives you a much better idea of what to expect.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    What type of roofing should I use to replace current roof?
    I need to replace my current roof. My roof is a flat type roof and I was wondering which type of roofing I should replace it with? Should I use the modified bitumen or the built in roofing with tar/gravel. Which type would last the longest and easy to maintain? I’ve been experiencing some leaks and molding in the house and the roof is in bad condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Rubber EPDM roofing is the only way to go. The old hot tar and gravel roofs were notorious for leaking, and very difficult to fix. The rubber roofs are available in various thicknesses that translate into various warranty periods. If you intend to stay in the house for the long term, buy the best you can afford. A twenty year residential warranty is minimal with the norm being thirty years or longer. Have the roof installed by a reputable contractor and save all of your warranty documents as many of them are trannsferable to a new owner.

      Good luck with your roofing project.

    Can you use siding on a roof with a normal pitch, instead of roofing materials?
    We are putting a new roof on our garage and doing the work ourselves. We want to put on a metal roof as we did on our house a few years ago. However, I would like to find something more decorative than just the plain metal roof, since the garage & roof are in close proximity to our deck and is very visible from the house. We looked into the new metal shakes, etc., but they are very costly. So before we just give up and go with the plain metal roofing sheets, I was wondering if we could find some decorative siding (vinyl, etc) and put it on the roof instead of the sheets of plain metal roofing. The roof will be going over an existing shingle roof that is starting to lose a lot of it’s shingles. Would the siding be able to shed water, snow, etc. like a metal roof would? We live in Indiana. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope, and if the shingles are deteriorating that badly you really should strip them off and check out the sheething underneath. Chances are the plywood is also shot and needs replacing.

    When roofing a garage, does it matter which way the new boards go?
    Our garage roof had a lot of water damage so we have to replace the old boards. Does it matter which side of the plywood goes up – smooth or rough side? Any re-roofing tips would be appreciated, it’s the first time doing it ourself.

    • ANSWER:
      I’d suggest using OSB (oriented strand board) instead of plywood. It’s stronger, costs less per sheet, and there is no directional grain as in plywood to consider when spanning rafters. OSB has a slick side and a textured side. The textured side can go up to give you additional grip and footing. Use ply-clips around the top edges in-between each rafter to give you needed expansion. If you don’t have a pneumatic decking stapler, use 8d box nails to fasten. Apply felt over the decking before you lay the new shingles. Start at the bottom, as you do with the decking, and overlap a few inches each time. Fasten felt with cap nails. Use 1″ galvanized roofing nails and follow the instructions on the packaging. Good luck.

    What kind of job can a person with roofing contractor experience find?
    My brother is a roofing contractor. He has more than 20 years of experience in this field. He used to have his own roofing business which was successful up until now (because of economy crisis). Now he is without job. He has been trying to find a job with a large roofing companies. However, he has an experience in residential roofing rather than commercial. I was wondering if there is possibly a quick course that he could take at home to be able to do something else. It could be roofing related or something else. Please advise. He has lots of pride and all that really brings him down. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      How about a Roofing/Building Material wholesale company? Outside sales position? His experience would really be beneficial to his customers. Or a technical support or trainer for a roofing manufacturer try the Metal & Asphalt Shingle manufacturers, if he was in the business he hopefully should have some contacts to reach out to. My best advice would be to network within the industry, and to be patient. Something should come along; but not without his local “industry” knowing he is out there and looking for an opportunity.

    Can you get a roofing tax rebate and a window rebate?
    Is the government tax rebate for energy efficient replacement of roofs and windows a one time slush pile, or can you qualify for 00 for roofing and 00 for windows?
    One person mentioned 00 which I found confusing. Another said must owe 00 in taxes to qualify. I am assuming that means you have already paid in more than 00 in federal tax money for the year to qualify to get up to 00 of it back. If that is the case I surely do qualify in spades.

    • ANSWER:
      The answer CAN be found at the IRS website. I suggest you try using google like this:
      “energy rebate” window limit year

      That should set you in the right direction. From the actual source, not hearsay 3rd parties.
      If my answer is the best, please vote as best answer. Thank you.

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