What is a shingle roof?
The common choice for most homeowners and business owners is the shingle roof. Shingle roofs are affordable and have a beautiful, classic look that people seem to love on their properties. People choose shingle roofs because there are many styles and options to choose from.
Asphalt shingles are very popular in the United States. These shingles are inexpensive and easy to install. Organic and Fiberglass are the two types of asphalt tiles. The organic type is made of material like tar paper, the fiberglass type is made of layers of fiberglass. Both types are coated in a resin waterproof agent. Asphalt shingles are a petroleum-based product.
Strip shingles are formerly known as 3 tab shingles, there are the oldest type and once were the only ones available. Strip shingles are the cheapest and lightest. Being the lightest means these types of shingles have the least wind resistance and have a wind rating of 60 mph which is not a good option for Florida.
Dimensional shingles offer a minimum of 2 layers. They have depth, a dimensional appearance and are also known as Architectural Shingles and Laminate Shingles.
These designer shingles are thicker than dimensional shingles. Luxury shingles have more layers and added weight which makes them more durable against high wind and are designed to look like slate or cedar shakes.
Interlocking shingles are the most resistant against winds by attaching to each other. They come in many different shapes to mimic other types such as slate, shake and cedar. Interlocking shingles are made of recycled aluminum and is 96% lighter than clay tiles. They are Energy Star rater, have a fire rate of Class A, are hail rated at Class 4 and can withstand up to 120 mph winds. These shingles also reflect heat due to a polymer coating.
Rubber shingles are made to mimic other products such as shake and slate. They are made of recycled rubber and are very light. Rubber shingles offer an extra layer of insulation, can reflect light and dampen sound. The one downside about rubber shingles is they need a waterproof coating reapplied every now and then. There is also a strong odor during installation that will disappear over time.
These shingles were made famous by a well known electric car manufacturer. They are made of tempered glass, have hail rating of Class 4, a Class A fire rating and a Class F wind rating of 110 mph. Some companies use Copper Indium Gallium Selenide cells in a thin film on their solar shingles. Solar shingles are very expensive to install, regardless of the manufacturer.