3 Things To Know About Roof Shingles

There are many different types of roofing materials, from shingles and panels to tiles. Shingles tend to be very popular for homes due to their ease of installation and the overall attractive appearance they provide. Here are some things to know about roof shingles and the different ones available.

A Variety of Shingles Are Available

Many people think of standard asphalt shingles when they think about shingle roofing, but this is only one of many different varieties. A lot of different roofing materials can be made into shingles for your roof. Here are some of the most common ones to choose from:

Asphalt – Naturally, asphalt is one of the materials frequently used for roofing shingles. These are inexpensive to purchase and have lower labor costs. They are also lightweight and easy to install yourself. 

Wood – If you want to add more interest and aesthetic appeal to your home, you can choose wood shingles. If you choose wood shingles, they need to be sealed properly so you can avoid termites, water damage, and rot. They are not the best option if you live somewhere that is prone to wildfires.

Metal – If you don't mind spending a little more for the shingles, you can choose shingles made of different metals. Metal shingles are durable, and are not a problem when it comes to pests. They are also fire-resistant.

They Can be Used on Various Roofing Types

Another thing to know about roofing shingles is that they can be used on just about any roofing type. Different shingles work great for different roofing slopes. For examples, a medium or high sloped roof looks excellent with tile and wood shingles. Asphalt shingles are best for roofs with a lower slope. While flat roofs can also get shingles, it isn't done quite as often. If you have a roof that already has enforcements, it should be able to handle the heavier weight of metal, slate, and composite shingles. However, if you don't want to add enforcements, you might want to choose a lighter material like asphalt.

You Can Install New Shingles Over Old Ones

One thing you might not realize about shingles is that you can often install new shingles directly on top of the old ones. Of course, there are a few exceptions. First of all, the old shingles need to be flat and not have any rot or severe damage. If they are wavy or heavily rotted, it is best to remove them first. Another thing to consider is whether or not the underlayment is sound and can handle the added weight of new shingles. If so, you should be able to install the new ones on top without having to pull up your old shingles.

To learn more, contact a company like Liberty Exteriors LLC.