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Know the Features of Your Shingle Roofing
The roof covering that consists of individual overlapping elements are called roof shingles. The elements feature usually of flat and rectangular shapes that are laid in courses from the bottom edge of the roof going up, and each course overlaps the joints below in successive method. There are several different materials that made up the shingles, and these are wood, slate, flagstone, metal, plastic, and composite materials like fiber cement and asphalt shingles. To learn more about Shingle Roofing, click Westerville siding. The common roof material in Europe and some parts in Asia are the ceramic roof tiles called simply tiles.

A building's aesthetics is very important where patterns, textures and colors are concern, and since roof shingles are highly visible, they contribute greatly to this aspect of a building. Generally, the materials of roof shingles, just like the other materials on vernacular buildings, are available locally. Since the material affects the pitch of the roof and its construction method, the type of shingle is being considered before construction begins. The installation of some shingles are on lath while others would need solid sheathing on the deck of the roof. Beginning with a starter course and edge seams offset to avoid leakings, note that all shingle roofs are to be installed from the bottom upward. To further prevent leaks from wind, rain, snow and ice, there is an underlayment material like asphalt felt paper where many shingle are placed on top as these shingles are installed. Be aware that some building codes do not allow for use on some types of buildings those roof shingles that are less than class-A fire rating, thus it is good to be aware that some roof shingles are non-combustible and have better fire rating than the others. The increased probability of fire has led to the less common use of wood shingles and organic-based asphalt shingles compared to the fiberglass-based asphalt shingles. The minimum recommended roof pitch of shingles is 4:12 with no underlayment material under it since shingles are not water-tight.

In a country like the United States, the most common roofing by far is fiberglass-based asphalt shingles as being used for residential roofing applications. To get more info, click shingle roofing Westerville.  Much less common in use are the bitumen roof shingles or tile strips as called in Europe, and these shingles are less expensive, easy to install and can last 20 to 50 years.


When choosing your roof shingles, be aware of the source of their protection, like the protection of paper and fiberglass asphalt shingles comes from the long-chain petroleum carbons, while the wood shingles are protected from the natural oils in the cellulose structure of the wood.

Shingles are further made of other materials such as stone, fiber cement, metal, plastic and cedar shingles.

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