Q & A: Steep-Slope Asphalt Roofing & Shingles

Architectural home design trends keep changing, and more and more homeowners’ are investing in steep-slope asphalt roofing and shingles or Mansard designs. Mansard designs with steep-slopes over a maximum slope  of 45 degrees, or 12 inches per foot, require special applications. Using normal application methods to apply asphalt shingles can cause application problems due to limitations. Even if you’re a handyman, this is one job that’s best left for an asphalt roofing professional.

Before considering installing any new roof, you should do your research. We’ve complied this question and answer article to help you become a asphalt expert.

Why do most homeowners use asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles have grown in popularity throughout the U.S., covering over 5 million homes each year. They are so popular that manufacturers make over 12.5 billion square feet to cover these 5 million homes. Part of the products popularity comes from the fact that they are:

  • High quality
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Affordable

Everyday homeowners have endless options to match any type of architectural design when it comes to shape, color and texture and achieve their desired look.

Why are asphalt shingles considered to be beneficial?

In Florida there are many storms with very high winds and rain water. Asphalt roofing systems can prevail in these extreme weather conditions where other roofing materials just don’t hold up. Asphalt shingles are affordable with a greater life expectancy, providing more value to homeowners. Not only are asphalt shingles easy to apply, but it’s also a great option if you want to avoid regular maintenance and spend less time and money repairing your damaged roof. What’s even better is, since they are considered to be fire-resistant and wind-resistant they are absolutely perfect for any Florida property owner.

How many types of asphalt shingles are there?

There are four types of asphalt shingles, strip, laminated, interlocking, and large format shingles.

  • Strip Asphalt Shingles: Ideal for achieving lighting or shadowing textures or effects.
  • Laminated Asphalt Shingles: Customize a 3-dimensional roof design with visual depth.
  • Interlocking Asphalt Shingles: For greater wind resistance. Choose from a variety of sizes and shapes for any design you dream of.
  • Large Format Asphalt Shingles: Although large format only come in either rectangular or hexagonal shapes, they are one of the heavier types of asphalt shingles and you can still create a custom design.

How can I tell if my roof or shingles need to be replaced?

If your home is more than 20 years old it very likely it’s time for your home’s asphalt shingles or entire roof may need to be replaced. Weather conditions over a 20-year period can have long-term effects that may not always be visible to the human eye. You can start by inspecting your roofs underside for any potential leaking. Unfortunately, you would have to crawl up into the attic, which may not be the safest idea. Another good way to tell is to call an experienced roofer. They will inspect your roof and look for missing, cracked or curled shingles.

The good news is, that if your roof or shingles do require replacement, asphalt shingles provide ease of application, meaning they can be applied over your existing roof in most cases, depending mostly on the number of layers your roof currently has.

We do appreciate that when a roofing emergency arises, there are plenty of people who need answers right away, that’s where Westchase Roofing comes in. Our experienced and qualified roofers are just a call away with a free estimate. Get the help you need when you need it.