There are varieties of roofing materials for residential buildings to be chosen from in recent times, as a result of advancement in technological inventions. Then the only material was just asphalt shingles, but now varieties of affordable priced roofing materials abound. Such is the metal roofing which also offer that classical roof shingles look, yet it does not cost as high as the cedars shake, slate or tile. Also the energy-saving solar roof shingles have been so innovated and are still retaining affordability in terms of price.
Classes Of Shingles
The easily found and low priced roof shingles is that which has fiberglass or organic material as its components. Shingles made of organic asphalt are low priced, with price ranging between $60 and $100 per square; and have the durability of 2 or 3 decades. The highly placed among the shingles category is the dimensional shingles. It is thick with a custom look that gives room to more options. Roofing shingles made of fiberglass are more firm and flexible in comparison with that made of organic asphalt.
The common nature of asphalt shingles makes it easier for the roofing service providers to install it. Provision should be made for adequate venting system in the course of installation; so that the attic space beneath the roof receives reasonable flow of air. The venting specification should be 1square ft vent for each 300 square ft of roof. Also the vent system should be partly located close to the ridge and partly located close to the eaves. Asphalt shingles are faulted with gathering of moss and low resistant to high winds; this makes them prone to high maintenance.
Metal Roof Shingles
A previously scarce class of roof shingles is the metal roof shingles. But now, the metal roof shingles have wide range of options both in design and color. The metal roof material is a bit high-priced in comparison with the asphalt roofs. Its durability is about five decades; it has light weight and it is less difficult to install, to the favor of building constructors. They are fashioned to have a resemblance of tile and slate. This is good for those would have wanted the tile and slate but are limited by the cost.
The tile roof shingles are expensive in comparison with metal roof materials, though they have the same life spam. This class is of heave weight and can only be installed by a construction company that specializes in installing tile roofing.
Slate roof shingles are the highest priced; price is about $600-$100 per square. It is fragile in nature and requires a professional handling.
Roof shingles offer wide range of economical choice to buildings owners.