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Tips For Selecting Roof Shingles For Your Home

Choosing the right type of roof shingles for your house is an important decision. Next to the foundation of the house, the roof is the most important part of your structure, so it is worth taking the time to properly educate yourself with the details of it before making a decision.

Roof shingles is the type of roofing using individual flat, rectangular tiles, which are laid over one another. If laid out correctly the side edges of the tiles shouldn't overlap. A single layer of tiles usually ensures that the roof will be waterproof.

Nowadays there are many different options for roof shingles. The most common types of shingle include wood, metal and asphalt.

Traditionally wood shingles had been the shingle of choice for the majority of roof installers. But as the population has become more concerned about the environment, and as the increase in lightweight alternative materials this type of shingle has largely become outdated. On top of this wooden shingles are prone to wood rot and infestation, which means it requires a lot more upkeep than other materials.

Asphalt shingles have become the most popular type of shingle. They are referred to as composite shingles. They are simple to install, don't require much maintenance, and are cheap. This type of shingle is long-lasting and can last as long as 30 years or more. Add to that their fire resistant nature and you can understand their popularity.

The main two varieties of shingles that are available are organic and fiberglass shingles. Organic shingles are made from recyclable waste paper, which is then saturated with asphalt. A topcoat of ceramic is then applied. Fiberglass shingles are made from fiberglass bonded with urea-formaldehyde.

A less well-known type of shingle is cedar shingles. These are very elegant but unfortunately they are not as durable as other types of shingle, and require a lot of upkeep.

When installing a shingle roof make sure to get a professional. Tin roofs and slate roofs have different requirements so make sure to check that the type of shingle you want is compatible with your roofing structure.

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