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Different Kinds Of Shingles For Your Residential Roof

Are you interested in upgrading the shingles on your residential roof? While shingles remain one of the most affordable roofing options on the market for homes, many homeowners are looking for greater durability, and to meet demand, the industry offers 3 fortified shingle varieties that can do just that! Today we will go over 3 different kinds of shingles for residential roofing.

If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (512) 677-6817 to speak with an expert roofer!

Architectural Shingles

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Which Shingle Variety Is Right For Your Needs?

Architectural shingles are available in a broad array of styles and designs, and require less maintenance. While traditional shingles are often applied in a single layer, architectural shingle roofs have several tiers constructed from a better formulated, stronger substance. Average shingles are only resistant to winds up to 80 mph, architectural shingles withstand gusts up to 120 mph, making them ideal for areas that frequently experience strong storms. While these shingles are more expensive to install than traditional shingles, many clients agree that the value of these architectural shingles is well worth the investment.

Impact Resistant Shingles

As you may have already guessed, impact resistant shingles are true to their name, in that they’re able to handle hail falling without cracking upon impact. Hail damages ordinary asphalt shingle systems by cracking not only the surface shingle, but additionally the fiberglass layer on the bottom, which leaves the roofing vulnerable to leaks. High impact shingles are designed to withstand large hail without sustaining harm to the fiberglass matting below. 

3-Tab Shingles

3-tab shingles are aptly named for the three tabs that are cut into the bottom of each sheet delivering a look of dimension and depth by appearing as three separate pieces. These shingles can be applied over your current roof in many cases, shortening labor time and costs. 3-tab shingles are also one of the most cost-efficient roofing materials, and can last up to 25 years when properly maintained. They can resist insect and pests, UV rays, and extreme weather conditions, and they are sold in multiple colors and textures, similar to architectural shingles.

Protecting Your Roof from Major Weather

 

Major Weather

Make Sure Your Roof Can Last You Through the Winter.

 

Winter is in full swing and that means heavy wind, hail, and sometimes snow. All of these elements can be brutal to the integrity of your roof. We want to make sure that you are prepared for any and all major weather that may come your way. Your roof is a huge investment for your home and we want to keep it protected just as much as you do. There are ways to get your roof ready for the major weather ahead.

Ways To Prepare

Trees – If you have large trees around your home with heavy branches, it may be wise to cut some of them down. If they seem to be sturdy, you can leave them, but the branches that can easily fly off in heavy wind should be cut off to avoid any risk of them flying off into your roof and causing damage. Another great way to prepare for major weather is to secure your tree down as best as you can using stakes and rope. In the event that your tree does begin to fall down in a storm, it may be helpful so that it doesn’t completely come crashing down into your house.

Gutters – Keeping your gutters clean is a great way to make sure that if large amounts of water or leaves get into your gutters at the same time, that it won’t be too heavy and pull off from your roof. Using a ladder to climb up and look at your gutters is usually a quick and easy way to prevent build-up and damage.

Call an inspector – It’s never a bad time to call an inspector out to look at your roof. When you have an inspector come out, they will do several things, they will check your roof for any damage that it may have, talk to you about any concerns or questions you have, and give you a detailed list of the entire process.

Winter is a crazy time for roofing, so to better get prepared for major weather, give Apex Roofing, a call at (512) 677-6817.