by Marie King
Roofing shingles make up a major part of the expense of a new roof. Roofing shingles come in a variety of types. As a roofing contractor, it is your job to help clients sort out which type of roofing shingles are within their budget and have the aesthetics that they desire. Often homeowners put off getting a needed new roof because of its cost. Sometimes, this means that the roof is in bad condition. and in some instances has severe water damage In this case, the shingles not only needs to be replaced but also underlayment, sheathing and flashing may need replacement.
Installing roofing shingles over the existing roof is usually not a good idea, especially if there is more than one layer of shingles on the roof. Metal shingles may be the exception because metal shingles can be installed over the existing roof. The concern with placing roofing shingles over existing one is whether the rafters can support the added weight.
If your clients are on a limited budget, and want all the bells and whistles roofing shingles offer at a bargain basement price; you may want to steer them toward asphalt, fake slate or metal shingles. All these shingles are much more affordable and come in a variety of aesthetically pleasing styles. In this case, you can give your clients an expensive looking roof at an affordable price.
Asphalt shingles are a popular form of roofing shingles. Asphalt shingles come in two different types: architectural or three tab. Architectural shingles are layered and known for their aesthetics.This type of shingle can mimic slate or wood shingles. Three tab asphalt shingles are made with one single layer. Ironically, three tab and architectural shingles cost about the same. However, architectural holds up better than three-tab. Three-tabs have not performed well in tests.
Fake slate looks identical to real slate, even close up. Fake slate can be engineered from a variety of materials: plastic/polymer, clay, rubber or asphalt. The drawbacks of fake slate are that they’re slippery, and in a cold climate need snow guards. They may also fade over time and may crack on impact. The upside of fake slate shingles is that they are a lot less expensive than real slate.
They’re also lightweight, so there are no concerns that the weight of fake slate will damage the roof structure.
Metal roofing shingles can be made out of a number of materials: steel, copper and aluminum These metal materials come in a variety of shapes and colors. The positives of metal is that they are lightweight-half the weight of asphalt shingles. They are also durable and can last up to forty years. Furthermore, they are easy to install if you have experience and expertise with this type of roofing material.