Installing roof shingles requires specialized training under a licensed roofing contractor so that the job is done properly and will last the number of years specified by the type of roof that is installed. There are different types of roof shingles so learning to install roof shingles usually requires some sort of specialization in a type of shingling material. The most delicate and least common to install is slate roofing material, since about ninety-five percent of roofs are of a different material than slate, since it is the most expensive.
Pros and Cons
Installing metal roofing shingles is probably the easiest although it is not the most common roofing material on the market today. Metal roofing material is lightweight which requires less of the frame of the house or office in order to support it, thus costing less. Metal roof shingles are also created to fit perfectly side by side so it is easier to word with than other materials that may have oddly shaped pieces to fit into place. Since the material is lightweight, installing metal roof shingles is also easier on the roofing crew and only requires a forklift in most cases rather than a crane to lift it to the roof.
Installing composition shingles are the most commonly used on houses today. Composition shingles are made of asphalt and are laid in rows along the rooftop to adequately cover it and protect it from all types of weather. Organic shingles are the thinnest and do not protect as well or last as long as fiberglass shingles. Architectural roof shingles are ones that can be used to accent the design of the building, such as dimensional shingles, which are thickest of the composition shingles and have a custom appearance. This requires more specialized installation of roofing shingles to provide that custom look. Installing composition shingles also requires vents be installed at regular intervals so that there is adequate air flow through the attic space, which requires more knowledge by the roofing team.
Installation of tile and slate roofing shingles are the most complex because of the delicate nature of the roofing materials themselves. In addition, these roofs are not as common so there is not as much exposure by average roofing crews to the materials and installation process. Most consumers who want tile or slate roofs installed are wise to contact a roofing company through a professional roofing organization that is focused on that type of roofing material. That way there is more certainty that the team is licensed to work with that type of material and has the proper expertise and experience in the field.