There is a lot to know about roofing, and the industry keeps growing and changing. We know you have lots of questions, so the expert team at LP Platinum Roofing & Exteriors has put together a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions that we get from our customers.
What are the differences between types of shingles?
These days you can find shingles that are made out of all kinds of materials. Some examples of the most popular choices are asphalt, fibreglass, wood, and tiles.
Every type of shingle has pros and cons:
- Asphalt shingles
- Pro: very popular so they are available in wide variety of colours, styles, and sizes and are less expensive than other roofing options
- Pro: many are Energy Star rated to help you save on energy bills
- Con: they aren’t as durable in regions that have large temperature fluctuations
- Con: the granules that cover the shingle can come off during bad weather which weakens the shingle and roof protection
- Fibreglass shingles
- Pro: do not contain any paper in the shingle which makes them more heat resistant and fire retardant than asphalt shingles
- Pro: won’t curl or buckle like asphalt shingles
- Con: not great in cold climates as the shingles can crack and degrade
- Con: they are more expensive than asphalt shingles
- Pro: add curb appeal to your home and are available in a wide range of styles
- Pro: long lasting and fire retardant
- Con: they are heavy and your roof deck may require reinforcement
- Con: they are expensive and relatively fragile
- Wood shingles
- Pro: cedar shake roofs look beautiful
- Pro: they are very durable and energy efficient
- Con: they require regular maintenance to prevent moss and mould growth
- Con: they are expensive to install
What is flashing?
Flashing are the thin pieces of copper, steel, or PVC plastic that are applied to prevent water from moving from your roof to any adjoining structure. Adjoining structures are typically chimneys, dormer windows, skylights, and porch roofs.
How long will my new shingled roof last?
Shingles have come a long way and their durability has improved. However, there are still huge differences in durability depending on the type of shingle, the quality of the installation, and the location of the home.
Some asphalt and composite shingles can last anywhere from 20-50 years. This will depend greatly on the type of shingle, the exposure to the elements and severe weather, the amount of ventilation, and exposure to the sun.
For more answers to your roofing questions, contact the experts at LP Platinum. We can help you with all your roofing needs.