Shingles are the roofing material used in most new residential construction in the Houston area. Shingles are relatively easy to maintain they are easy to maintain and, depending on weather conditions can last 15 to 20 years. Shingles do require routine maintenance, and minor repair work to keep the manufacturer’s warranty in force. However, most consumers will find shingle roof repair to be affordable compared to other types roofing systems. Many of the Houston roofing contractors offer a free roofing inspection on an annual basis. Taking advantage of the free roofing inspection is a good way to keep your roof in top shape and ensure its service life.
The Most Common Shingles
The most common type of shingles used are three tab shingles made from asphalt, and these overlap each other. Asphalt shingles are fire resistant, freeze and thaw resistant, come in a variety of colors and offer some protection from UV rays from the sun. If you need to replace broken or missing asphalt shingles, you can use three tab shingles, and they are the cheapest option in the range of asphalt shingles. Architectural shingles are a newer option of asphalt shingles that you can use for repair on your roof. Architectural shingles are designed to look like many different materials such as cedar and tiles, and they are heavier than the traditional three tab asphalt shingles so that they are suited for areas prone to storms. Because of their heavy weight, they are less likely to warp.
Architectural shingles are more attractive than the three tab shingles since they have a three-dimensional appearance. When you are ready to replace all or part of your roofing, you can use the architectural shingles, especially if you are repairing a large area.
There are also solar shingles which have solar cells installed within them. Solar shingles can help with lighting in the house saving energy costs. These types of shingles and the solar panels are expensive to buy and install. You need an electrician to install them correctly. However, you will recover the costs within a year or less because of the savings on your energy costs. You can use solar shingles to replace damaged sections of your roof allowing you to save on energy costs. If you cannot afford to put solar shingles on your entire roof, you can use them to carry out repair jobs, and as time goes by, you can eventually cover the whole roof.
If you are environmentally conscious, there are recyclable shingles available. If you need to repair damaged section of your roof, you can use recycled shingles made from cellulose fiber. They are fire resistant, are thaw and freeze resistant; they have UV protection and can withstand wind gusts of up to 120 mph.
Other Types Shingles
Other less used shingles are tile, clay, and slate shingles. Another example available is concrete shingles. They are durable and are perfect for areas that experience storms, regions with extreme temperatures, and regions prone to bush fires and forest fires. Concrete Shingle roofs have a high resistance to fire. Concrete tiles require little or no repair or maintenance and they last a long time.
To repair a torn shingle that is not too severely damaged or a curled or warped shingle, apply roofing cement on the shingle and the roof then press together. When the cement is dry, add nails around the repaired area. To replace missing shingles, remove the nails in the panel and place the new shingle then replace the nails. You can use roofing cement to seal the areas over the nails and the edges to ensure that there will be no leaks. For damaged shingles, you remove the damaged shingle then remove the nails that were holding it in place. Put in a new shingle and use new nails to hold it in place. It is important that when you are carrying out roof repair that you use shingles of roughly the same age so that the roof does not age at a different pace, which can result in more repair work for you. If you want to use a different type of shingle or want to change the look of your roof while carrying out the repairs, then you may have to replace larger sections than you originally intended.