An Ultimate Guide to Roofing Shingles — Which Is The Right Choice for Your Home?

If you’re planning on a new set of shingles on your roof, there are a few different types that you can choose from and each benefits and drawbacks. Depending on what type you choose, you might be looking at different looks, lifespans and weather-readiness. Here are some things to consider before you make your final decision.

Shingle Material & Look

If you’re looking to buy and install a new set of shingles on your home, it’s important to choose one for the aesthetic, insulation, ventilation, and value they add to your home. Depending on your neighborhood and local weather, some types of shingles will be better for you than others, such a metal, wood, solar or asphalt shingles. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best option for your roof.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

One of the most common types of shingles are asphalt or fiberglass, which are made from fiberglass and then pressed onto a mix of ceramic and asphalt. They are among the most commonly used type of shingles for a number of reasons:

  • Great Pricing — they are typically much less expensive, especially in regions where roofs must be replaced more often
  • Asphalt Shingle Warranty — because of the affordable cost and availability, they can come with great warranties
  • Best Ventilation — they hold up better on roofs that have poor ventilation

In Florida, where annual storms can tear off shingles made of even the heaviest materials, asphalt shingles are a practical and popular choice. They are much less likely than tile or metal shingles to cause additional property damage to your home, or surrounding homes and vehicles if dislodged.  

Wood Shingles

Wood Shingles

Shingles that are made of wood are not as common as asphalt, mostly because they are one of the most expensive materials to use, but are still popular for their visual and natural appeal. All the different types of wood allows for a range of color, style, and material benefits. They also come with some good benefits:

  • Breathable Shingles — they breathe more than most other types of shingles
  • Eco-friendly Shingles — Shingled made from recycled or reclaimed wood can be eco-friendly, though the same can’t be said for newly-produced wood shingles
  • Add Value — the great visual appearance helps boost the value of your home but these singles are expensive

However, wood shingles are more difficult than most other materials. This usually results in longer and more expensive installation, and more potential issues due to the difficulty involved. They can last as long as 50 years but are not usually as durable.

Metal Shingles

Metal Shingles

Metal roofing also have different types of material such as aluminum, steel, and copper to give a variety of visual appeal—especially copper. They usually come in the form of corrugated sheets as well as more typical-looking shingles, though they are more expensive. Some of the benefits include:

  • Maximum Durability — the most durable material you can use against wind, but may be less effective at preventing water damage
  • Shingles with Style — can have a very unique and appealing aesthetic depending on the type of metal you choose
  • Recyclable Your Shingles — you can use recycled metal to save on cost and recycle old shingles

As far as drawbacks, they can be more expensive and loud in heavy rains. Depending on the type of metal or shingle style you choose, they won’t be the most visually appealing either. The basic corrugated sheets for example are only really good for secondary roofing, such as a garage or barn.

Solar Shingles

Solar Shingles

You’ve probably heard about solar panel roofs that are a relatively new craze, but now you can also get solar shingles. They blend in with the rest of your roof’s material and are made to look like normal shingles in size and appearance. They don’t generate as much power as solar panel roofs but look much nicer. Here are some other pros and cons:

  • Expensive to Install — they cost a lot to buy and install but you can save or even earn money through tax breaks and selling excess energy back to the electrical grid
  • A Great Power Source — they can generate as much as 100 watts per shingle
  • Environmentally-friendly — they help your home run on renewable and green energy

Wood and solar shingle on the other hand, are rather expensive to purchase even with government incentives, and are also expensive to install. whereas metal shingles don’t prevent against water damage. Asphalt shingles definitely seen to offer the most benefit when it comes to aesthetics, insulation, ventilation, and value for your money.

So what you choose depends on a number of factors: Do you want to pay for shingles that are more durable but are more expensive? Do you want to pay less? Do you want shingles more for how they look? Do you want environmentally friendly shingles? Prioritize these factors and that will help you narrow down the choices.

Hurricane Considerations for Shingles

Living in Florida, unfortunately, means dealing with hurricane season. This means there are a number of things to keep in mind when choosing your shingle style that you wouldn’t have to consider anywhere else. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Replacement — hurricane-force winds means that replacing your shingles are inevitable, so more expensive styles might not be viable
  • Damage — choosing heavier, bulkier shingles means the hurricane-force winds could cause more damage to your own home
  • Wind resistance — recent studies and research has led to more wind-resistant shingle designs that you can purchase and have installed

Hurricane-proofing can only go so far, so it is important that you do your due diligence and research the best ways to protect your roof during hurricane season.

Shingle Maintenance

Different shingles will have different needs. You should research these needs beforehand so that you can maintain them properly. The last thing you want is to miss early signs that your roof might start leaking or have other serious issues. Make sure you know how your roof will respond to the following:

  • Placement — how likely are to start missing, buckling, curling, or being knocked out of alignment?
  • Algae/mold — how easily can algae, mold or mildew grow on or among the shingles?
  • Damage — if there was hail, heavy wind, or falling debris what could you expect?
  • Maintenance — how often should they be washed or inspected?

If there is ever inclement weather, such as strong winds, heavy rain, large hail, or extreme heat and cold there is a better chance that your shingles might have sustained damage. Understanding the limitations of your shingles and how to maintain them will be your biggest two defence mechanisms for avoiding major issues with high repair costs.

When your unsure if you require maintenance, or if you already know you need to replace your shingles but don’t know what materials to choose, get in touch with a qualified roofing company that can guide you in the right direction.

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Planning for a Roof Replacement

Homeownership comes with a lot of responsibility. While setting up your domestic haven with the plushest couch and a great screen for game time can be fun, there are some tasks that are, well, not so fun. Cleaning gutters, pulling weeds, power washing… the list goes on. Plus, if the AC ever quits or something springs a leak, you’ll need to take care of it. Thankfully, many of these tasks can be planned for and even outsourced. One of the most important tasks that should be on your list is roof replacement.

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When Should I Replace My Roof?

Depending on the elements and the quality of your roof, your roof should last around 15 to 20 years. Some roofing materials last longer and others, because of sun or wind damage, may not last as long. Rather than just picking a date on the calendar and saying, “That’s 15 years, that’s when I’ll get my roof replaced”, it’s important to pay attention to the health of your roof and monitor it as it ages so you can start saving and planning ahead of time.

 

The best way to check the health of your roof is to regularly inspect it. Ensure there are no limbs hanging over your roof and look for missing or damaged shingles. Clean off any detritus and empty out gutters to ensure clogged gutters don’t damage your roof. Regular inspection and maintenance can help extend the life of your roof and provide you with a reasonable estimation of when you should look to replace it.

Not Sure if You Need a New Roof?

If you’re wondering whether you need a new roof or are trying to decide between replacing your roof or another home project, ask yourself these questions:

 

  • Is your roof leaking?
  • Is your roof noticeably sagging?
  • Does your roof have torn or missing shingles?
  • Do you find yourself sweeping up a lot of roof detritus from your driveway or sidewalks?
  • Is your roof over twenty years old?
  • Do parts of your roof look a bit smooth, like the asphalt shingles have lost their granules?
  • Are your shingles curling?
  • Are your shingles cracking?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions or if your roof is experiencing these signs, consulting with a roofing contractor is a good idea. A Tampa roofing contractor can provide you with a quote to replace your roof and let you know how soon it should be done.

 

If you’ve noticed these signs, don’t delay. Replacing a damaged roof can help protect your home from further damage. Failing to do so can lead to leaks, mold, and other issues.

 

Planning for a Replacement Roof

Roof replacement is inevitable. Rather than putting it off and risking your home, plan for it and be prepared.

 

A new roof doesn’t just cover your valuables, it can brighten up your home and add value, too. A new roof may be more energy efficient, saving you money. Plus, with so many asphalt shingles to choose from, a new roof can be a welcome makeover.

 

To plan for a replacement roof, you’ll want to request a quote from a Tampa roof contractor. Speaking with a professional can provide you with an estimate of costs and help you become more informed about your roofing options. Some contractors, like Westchase Roofing, only work with certain materials, so you’ll want to check that out, too. For example, Westchase Roofing exclusively installs Owens Corning asphalt shingles. Why? Because we believe in the quality of Owens Corning products and only want to install the best for your clients.

 

If you’ve been thinking about having your roof looked at, don’t delay. A new roof is an important investment. Get a quote today and learn more about how a quality roof can help improve your home.

How to Conduct A Roof Inspection During Storm Season

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The National Roofing & Contractors Association suggests that homeowners hire a licensed contractor to perform a thorough inspection of their roofs each year. However, when major storms are hitting the area, roof damage can escalate quickly.
While annual inspections are the ideal scenario, it can also be costly, and many homeowners choose to conduct a roof inspection themselves after storms to cut costs. If you opt for the do-it-yourself route, there are a few key things that you should know.

Be Smart!

If you even have the slightest doubt about your ability on a ladder or your roof, then please don’t take any chances. Saving a few dollars is not worth the risk of a fall, call a professional!

Clean it up

First thing’s first, if you want to get a good idea of the condition of your roof, it has to be clean. Remove any debris and thoroughly clean your gutters before you even get started with the inspection. Debris includes fallen leaves, branches, dirt and anything at all that should not be up there. To save time, inspect your gutters as you clean them. Look for holes or leaks as well as any weak areas that may cause problems in the future. Take care of any problems right away.

It’s all About the Shingles

Curling, lifting, bucking or blistered shingles can signal a need for roof replacement. Blistering often looks like a shingle has been raised up from the flat shingle bed. Curling might happen on the ends, or on the corners. Buckling can look like a crack in the shingle, or it might be a small lift or bubble if water has gotten underneath it.
If it looks like it’s damaged, it’s damaged. Don’t play around with your shingles. If in doubt, replace them. A damaged shingle can quickly dislodge or disintegrate and allow water into your home. A leak in your roof is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

The Chimney is Key

The chimney is most often the first area of the roof that will show signs of a problem. If there are issues with the shingles around your chimney it is a sure indication that the remaining shingles will follow. Take a good look at the mortar around your chimney and repair any damaged or worn areas before they become a problem.

When to Call an Expert

For any signs of serious damage, hire an expert –  If you see any problems with your roof, don’t hesitate to call someone who can take a better look for you. Roof replacement services like Westchase Roofing Company get very busy during the wetter months, and that can mean a long waiting period depending on what area of the country you are living. Keep the time of year in mind and adjust accordingly.

To get a quote for a roof replacement now, call Westchase Roofing Company.

Be aware of your area’s storm seasons. A nasty storm can turn small problems into big ones overnight.  If you know that bad weather is coming, and you don’t have time to hire a contractor to do the full repair job required, then at least have them provide a temporary fix to prevent water from getting into your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing Materials and Maintenance

At Westchase Roofing, we encourage our customers to ask questions. Understanding your new roof or any repairs that need to be done can help you protect your investment. To aid you in your quest for roofing knowledge, we’ve compiled a list of some of the questions we’re often asked.

Previously, we covered frequently asked questions about roofing repairs and selecting a roofing a contractor. This post will cover questions about roofing materials and roof maintenance. If you find your question didn’t make one of our lists, please reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you.

Roofing Materials: Frequently Asked Questions

What roofing materials do you use?

We are proud to carry Owens Corning asphalt shingles. In fact, we’re Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors. We appreciate the research and development that Owens Corning puts into its trusted products. Not only do we trust their shingles and roofing systems, but we like how they look, too.

How long do the materials last?

The lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof depends on climate and care. We expect most roofs to last about 15 years. The Florida sun, combined with harsh storms and humidity, can place additional stress on a roof. To get the most out of your roof, make sure to properly maintain it.
Are the materials covered by a warranty?
Owens Corning asphalt roofing shingles are covered by a warranty. Plus, because of Westchase Roofing’s Platinum Preferred Contractor status, we are able to offer our customers additional warranties above and beyond the scope of the standard Owens Corning warranty.

Why do you use asphalt shingles?

We’ve found that asphalt shingles have a good lifespan and are competitively priced for their quality. In addition, they perform well in the Tampa Bay climate.

Owens Corning has done a great job making asphalt shingles that are resilient and stylish. They have multiple colors and styles to choose from to ensure that your new roof matches the personality of your home.

To learn more about the variety of Owens Corning asphalt shingles that we carry, call us to set up a free estimate.

Roof Maintenance: Frequently Asked Questions

Wait, you mean I have to maintain my roof?

A roof isn’t a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. It’s protects everything in your home—including your family. To ensure your roof lasts as long as possible, it’s important to regularly inspect your roof and clear it of any debris. Regularly cleaning your gutters and trimming back any branches that hang over your roof can also extend its life.

How frequently should I inspect my roof?

You should plan on inspecting your roof twice yearly and after any major storms. A simple way to remember when to check your roof is to plan to do it with the seasons. While Florida’s seasonal changes aren’t always clear, plan to check on the first day of spring (March 20th) and the first day of fall (September 20th).

What does a roof inspection entail?

When inspecting your roof, keep any eye out for signs of wear or damage. You can do a simple inspection from the ground, however, for a more in-depth look at what’s happening on top of your home, you’ll need to grab a ladder. Check for soft spots, torn shingles, and debris. Clear away any gutter obstructions. Trim back any limbs or branches that may fall during a storm or that are too close to your roof.

If you’re ready to investigate your roofing options or believe you are need of roofing repairs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Replacement and Contractors

When it comes to commonly asked roofing questions, we have you covered.

To make it easier for you to find the answer to your question, we’ve broken up queries into four different categories: Roof Replacement, Selecting a Roofing Contractor, Materials, and Maintenance. Today, we’ll be covering roof replacement and contractor selection.

Your home is precious and we understand the value of knowledge when it comes to investing in a new roof. Selecting the right contractor for the job can be hard. We hope these questions help you as try to determine if you need to repair or replace your roof.

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Roof Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a roof typically last?

The lifespan of a roof depends on several factors, including construction materials, climate, and maintenance. While we can’t do too much about our lovely Florida climate, selecting the right materials and properly maintaining your roof can lengthen the lifespan of your roof.

An asphalt shingle roof that is expertly applied can last from 15 to 20 years.

At Westchase Roofing, we use Owens Corning asphalt shingles. Owens Corning warranties their roofing shingles for 5-10 years. If your roof is applied by an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, you have the ability to warranty your roof for 15 to 50 years.

When is the right time to replace a roof?

If you’re researching new roofs, chances are, it’s the right time to invest in your roof.

A roof is a fundamental part of your home. If your roof is damaged, your home is at risk for leaks, water damage, mildew, mold, and more. If not fixed in a timely manner, the problem could worsen, leaving you with a larger bill at the end.

Rather than waiting until the “right time,” take the cues from your roof.

If your roof is clearly damaged, call a contractor for a quote. They’ll be able to tell you the extent of damage and estimate the cost of replacement.

If you have an older roof that is showing signs of wear and tear from years of good service, a consultation with a Tampa roofing company can let you know if it’s time to replace it or if it still has a couple of years left.

How will I know if I need to repair or replace my roof?

Common signs of roof damage include torn or missing shingles, soft spots, water damage, leaks, and more roof debris than normal.

How much does roof replacement cost?

Several factors go into determining the cost of a replacement. The type of shingles you select and the size and shape of the roof determine the costs of supplies and labor. For an estimate that is geared at your unique property, it’s important to schedule a quote with a Tampa roofing contractor.

Selecting a Roofing Contractor: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide a free consultation?

We understand that homeowners have many choices when it comes to contractors. That’s why we set ourselves above the pack by providing excellent customer service. This includes meeting with you to provide you with an estimate.

What can a homeowner expect from Westchase Roofing?

We appreciate how important our customers’ homes are. That’s why we treat all of our customers like family. We want to provide you with the best service possible. We believe that Owens Corning asphalt shingles coupled with our roofing expertise and quality service can provide homeowners with a positive experience during what can be a trying time.

To ensure you get our full attention, we only work on one roof at a time. No subcontractors or shoddy labor—100% of our attention is focused on the roof we are doing at the moment.

How much experience does Westchase Roofing having?

Westchase Roofing is proud to report that we have over 40 years of roofing experience. We chose to focus on roofing because we enjoy helping people with their homes and appreciate the complexity and importance of a roof.

Do you have any special certifications?

We are proud to be Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors. Not only do we work with their premium asphalt shingles, but we are in top 1% of roofing contractors nationwide. In addition, we are fully licensed and insured.

If you didn’t find the answer to your question, let us know. We’d love to speak with you and help you move forward to protect your home.

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