Guide to Roof Shingles Types

One of the most popular ways to roof a house is using shingles. However, plenty of options are in the market, making it difficult to know which type to pick. You have to consider several critical factors about each of the distinct types of roofing shingles, such as their cost, raw materials, durability, and so on. 

At Tampa Bay Roofing Services, we have installed shingles on numerous properties and can assist you in picking the ideal type for your home. In this post, we highlight the key attributes of the most popular types to help you make a better choice. Get in touch with us to learn more about roof shingle installation. 

The most common types of roofing shingles include: 

3-Tab Shingles

These shingles are very popular in Florida, largely due to their attractive design. They are also very affordable and match most home designs and styles prevalent in the region. They are made of organic felt or fiberglass coated with asphalt and granules. 

However, 3-tab shingles are lightweight, which puts them at a considerable risk of being blown away by hurricanes, storms, and strong winds. The hot Florida climate also makes them crack, curl, or degrade quickly. In the absence of these extreme weather conditions, these shingles could easily last for more than 50 years. 

Architectural Shingles

These roofing shingles are also highly popular in Florida because of their protective potential. They are also known as laminated or dimensional shingles since they are made through the lamination of several layers of asphalt-coated fiberglass. Physically, they have a thicker, three-dimensional appearance and often last longer than 3-4 tab shingles. 

Architectural shingles are typically more effective against elements like hail and rain compared to 3-4 tab shingles. However, when installed on low-slope roofs, the higher profile could make them more susceptible to wind uplift. This is why it is essential to let a professional roofer take a look at your house and make a proper recommendation. 

Concrete Tile Roof Shingles

An alternative to traditional shingles is concrete tile. Tile roofs are made using a variety of materials, including iron oxide, water, cement, and sand. Most homeowners who install these tiles consider them attractive, affordable, and easier to use with high winds and steep pitches. They also have an incredibly long durability–up to 60 years.  

Metal Roof Systems

Homeowners in Florida who want a sleek roof but still need something long-lasting largely go for metal panels or shingles made using various metals, such as aluminum, zinc, copper, and steel. These metal roof systems are cost-effective in the long run since they don’t need constant repair or cleaning. Furthermore, they won’t absorb moisture, which makes them resistant to mold and mildew.   

Low Slope Roof Systems

At Tampa Bay Roofing we offer self-adhering modified bitumen systems specifically designed for for low-slope roofs. This method is easier to install than other solutions for low-slope roofs because they require less labor during the application. This membrane system is made up of asphalt, tackifiers, and polymers which are reinforced with fiberglass and polyester. 

Need a New Roof? Contact Us Today! 

Installing a new shingle roof can be both a costly and confusing affair. You have to choose the appropriate shingles for your house, climate, aesthetic appeal, and budget. This is why it makes sense to seek the guidance of professionals in this sector before you begin your roofing project

The experts at Tampa Bay Roofing can help you make all these considerations and make a great pick. Get in touch with us today to discover more types of shingles and get a roofing quote. 

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