The shingles of a roof can significantly influence the overall appearance and estimate of a home. On careful observation, you will realize that half of your home’s exterior is the roof. The use of shingles in sloped roofing systems is popular in a majority of houses. These shingles are reinforced using fiberglass or organic materials.
Asphalt shingles supported by organic felts are in use for many years. However, these days the popularity of fiberglass strengthened shingles is also increasing, making it the most widely chosen roofing material. There are many kinds of sloped roofs, and each one of them depends on gravity for the removal of water.
Maintaining a sound shingle roof is one of the most crucial home repairs. The roof functions as a protector for you and your family. It keeps you and everything else in your home warm and dry. So, if you notice any signs of wear and tear or damage in your shingle roofing, you must take immediate action. It is vital to prevent water from seeping under the shingles and rotting the wood sheathing underneath.
At Olympus Roofing Specialist, we ensure that we respond to all shingle roofing repair requests, big or small. Some homeowners tend to ignore roofing problems if they are small. However, even a small roofing problem can result in the need to reroof and increase your roof replacement and repair expenses to hundreds of dollars.
One of the most attractive features of asphalt shingle roofing is the wide range of choices in the type of materials to use. The style of shingle roofing you select will affect the overall appearance and curb appeal of your property.
- Asphalt Shingles: The two most common styles of shingles are organic and fiberglass. Organic shingles are made using paper saturated with asphalt. The use of saturated paper is for waterproofing. A coating of adhesive asphalt embedded with ceramic granules is then coated on these shingles. On the other hand, fiberglass shingles have glass fiber in the base layer supporting the mat. To glue the wet fiberglass onto the mat, the urea-formaldehyde resin is used. A coating of asphalt is applied in the end to add waterproofing to the fiberglass shingle.
- Fiberglass Shingles: This kind of roofing material is made of fiberglass mat. The first and last layers are made of asphalt with mineral granules fixed firmly and deeply in surrounding areas.
Maintaining Shingle Roofing with Olympus Roofing Specialist
We take all necessary precautions before we begin repairing shingle roofing. We use the latest equipment and ensure that the weather is favorable for the task. On a warm and dry afternoon, the shingles are more supple, and the chances of cracking are fewer. The four most common repairs for shingles are:
- Swapping missing or broken shingles
- Fixing curled corners
- Repairing cracked shingles
- Sealing roof leaks
Characteristics of Shingle Roof
- Fire-Resistance: Asphalt shingles come with a fire-resistance rating. These ratings are Class A, B, or C. The most fire-resistant shingle would be from Class A. Classes B and C have slightly less resistance to fire. Generally, fiberglass shingles belong to Class A, whereas organic shingles belong to Classes B and C.
- Type of Reinforcing: The reinforcement of a shingle doesn’t impact its appearance. To add a textured appearance to the shingle, you can choose organic or fiberglass shingles in laminated grades. Adding copper or zinc-coated ceramic granules to both types of shingles is great to prevent algae attacks. Algae attack is a common concern in warm humid areas of the country.
Both fiberglass and organic shingles are available in a wide range of colors. Irrespective of their fire-resistance rating and their reinforcing type, the physical traits of asphalt shingles vary greatly. These physical traits can impact your property’s overall appearance. We recommend that you only choose shingles that meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).