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Whether you are looking for help with new construction or need roof repairs on an older property, your project represents a big investment.
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The Difference Between Asphalt Shingles and a Composition Roof
Asphalt shingles are a commonly used roofing material that can be seen on a large number of residential homes throughout the United States. Because of how easy they are to use and their low cost, they are a popular selection. However, shingles have a much shorter life span when compared with other roofing materials. When looking to protect a home from any damage or preparing to put a home on the market, it is essential to understand how to inspect roof shingles to see if they are going bad. If they are, the decision then is whether to replace or repair the shingles. There are two different types of signs that shingles are going bad - interior signs and exterior signs.
Sometimes it is possible to see if roof shingles are going bad without ever having to look at the roof itself. Stains on ceilings and attics are often good indicators of a leak in the roof. If the stain is relatively new, it will feel soft when touched. Older stains, however, feel firm as they have been there for awhile. While water stains that are much older may not necessarily mean there is a problem with the roof shingles, it is always a good idea to maintain caution and monitor for further problems. Mold or wet insulation may also be a primary sign of bad roof shingles.
If a homeowner is able to see the sun shine through the roof in their attic, it is a very good sign that the roof shingles are going bad and either need to be replaced or repaired. If the sun is able to make its way through the shingles, that means that moisture can as well. Many homeowners note a problem with their roof shingles when they see a large increase in their energy bills. This points to moisture coming into the home and leaking onto the insulation, thereby making it ineffective. Cold air is then easily able to pass through the ceiling, causing the heating systems to have to work that much harder.
When looking for exterior signs of bad roof shingles, be careful as to not cause further damage to the roof by walking on it. Remember to have the necessary protection when inspecting a roof, including harnesses and a hard hat. A primary exterior sign of bad roof shingles is damaged or missing shingles. Damage includes wavy edges, curling or cracking. Also check for pieces of the shingles in the gutters and along the surface of the roof. Look to see if the shingles are starting to crack or blister, it is a surefire sign that the roof is either about fail or is currently failing. Mold on the roof's surface is not necessarily an indicator of bad roof shingles. However, if the mold or algae is only on the roof and not anywhere else on the exterior of the home, it can be a possible sign of bad roof shingles and/or ineffective roofing insulation.
Tips on How to Install Metal Roofing Over Asphalt Shingles
Back in 1989 when I installed my first asphalt shingle there was many changes in the roofing manufacture sector. The end result was down-sizing the weight to accommodate a more flexible shingle. The old shingles in the USA were known as Asphalt roofing shingles or a standard strip 3-tab shingles. At that time there were other shingles on the market known as Standard strip asphalt composition shingles or Architectural shingles called Timberline or heavy weight shingles known as random tab, and three tabs or standard were becoming composition shingles.
The older organic shingles were just simply called asphalt shingles made with number five crude oil with the advent of the fiberglass standard strip composition shingle was born. Owens Corning helped innovate this process. Since they are the largest fiberglass manufacture in America today.
Many of the other shingles manufactures by fiberglass mats from Owens Corning. This was told to me directly from Owens Corning as a result of a factory tour on the anatomy of the shingle required by Owens Corning Certification. Most of the old asphalt shingles have been torn off and they are in land fills now in the US.
The new fiberglass composition shingles are the norm in today's society. I know this because I am a Professional Contractor, not somebody hoping I am right in marketing, although marketing takes precedence more than any other thing for any business model.
Referrals are Always the Best just to let you know my feelings on the subject. I have personally installed many shingles in my life and I have always know the newer shingle to be considered composition because of the composite make up of the materials that have been blended by the various manufacturers today in the US.
If you find true asphalt shingles today chances are they manufactured in a third world country where the resources are limited, the standard strip shingle was the first of this innovation followed by a multitude of several shingle brands. Any and all fiberglass shingles are considered composition shingles by most roofing professionals.
These composition asphalt shingles have fire ratings, wind resistance warranties and failure warranty's based on the fiber glass mat and asphalt fiberglass thickness, granules and algae resistant ratios. The asphalt composition shingle is made to last longer than the old asphalt shingles not to put more weight than the asphalt roof structure can hold according to ICC specification on weight load limitations of roof framing and spans. The asphalt composition is lighter, more flexible and durable than the old asphalt shingle in1989 and previous years.
GAF Elk happens to be largest asphalt roofing manufacturer in the USA and has any brands in the asphalt roofing shingle world. Owens Corning and CertainTeed have a multitude of designer, architectural and standard strip roofing products. The same can hold true with Atlas and Tamco of which all manufacture asphalt composition roofing shingles in the United States today.
GAF/Elk carries the strongest warranties on their roofing materials for their Certified and Master Elite Roofing Contractors. I welcome any and all comments from CARE (Center for Advancement for Roofing Excellence) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association of America (ARMA)as well as any National Roofing Contractors Association of America (NRCA), members of affiliates to correct my definition on the difference between asphalt roofing shingles and asphalt composition roofing shingles.
There are roofing shingles that I have seen come and go, such as the masonite shingle, which is a composite material that requires flashing between each joint to seal it off. There are also concrete tiles which I would consider composite since it does not have the slate or clay tile attributes, known as concrete tiles. There is also another material called Mira Vista of which was a fake slate the Owens Corning made that would fall under the composite material that was made of a plastic or a plasticiser type composite material.
At any rate it is up to you to decide what type of roof you would like to put on your home. Every shingle manufacturer in the USA is an asphalt composition roofing shingle. All Asphalt fiberglass composition shingles come with a 20 year to lifetime warranty and anything in between.
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