Publish Date: 02/13/2017
Asphalt shingles come in two variations, referred to as fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles consist of a base layer of woven fiberglass that is covered with a waterproof asphalt coating, capped off by ceramic grains that protect the shingles from ultraviolet rays from the sun. Due to the makeup of the underlying fiberglass layer, the result is a lighter weight and thinner shingle. Fiberglass shingles generally carry a longer warranty that their organic counterparts.
Traditional organic shingles are more costly and absorbent, which can lead them to bend over time. However, they are also prized for their flexibility and ruggedness by roofers and homeowners. Also, because of their higher asphalt content, organic shingles are actually less environmentally friendly than regular fiberglass shingles. No matter if they are fiberglass-based or organic, shingles usually measure 12 by 36 inches.
In general, asphalt shingles can be applied over existing roof shingles. No matter what quality of roof shingle you choose, you should be sure that they come with a long warranty. Keep in mind that if you do not hire a licensed roofing contractor, the manufacturer has the option of declaring that its product was improperly or ineffectively installed. This should not discourage DIY types from installing roof shingles themselves, but it is something they should be aware of.
Because of climate, weather, and environmental factors, most shingle manufacturers guarantee the lifespan of their shingles for between fifteen and thirty years. The aforementioned considerations account for this wide range of a guarantee. There is a large variance of longevity between type of shingle and who the manufacturer is, according to Consumer Reports.
Along with quality, homeowners are often concerned about roofing costs. Roofing suppliers sell shingles by the square, or in other words, 100 square foot area. In order to get an idea of cost, multiply the length and width of each roofing section of your home and tack on an additional ten percent to account for waste. Then divide that number by 100 to determine the number of squares you will need. Then, of course, you have to account for labor costs, which vary greatly, so shop around and weigh cost against the expertise level of different contractors. It’s also a good idea to keep an extra bunch of shingles in storage for minor repairs and touch-ups likely to be needed over the course of time and weather patterns.
At AKW, we understand your roofing needs as a homeowner and offer our clients free estimates, honest pricing, the best quality roofing shingles, and excellent craftsmanship and service. We will work with you to determine what types of repairs are needed, and to figure out if a new roof installation is needed. A leaking roof is not a problem that can be ignored. Rather, it is an urgent one that requires the experience and expertise that you will find with the professionals at AKW Construction & Roofing.
AKW Construction & Roofing, LLC
8902 E 11th Street, Tulsa Oklahoma 74112
Office: (918) 270-4992
Fax: (918) 270-4993
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