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Roof Shingles – An Introduction

Roof shingles are excellent, durable and affordable as a roofing solution. But they need regular maintenance to extend longevity and prevent damage. Since your roof is what protects the rest of the house, keeping it in good condition is crucially important.

In case you notice signs of wear and tear such as water damage or rotting, then it is important to take swift action and fix the problem before it grows more serious. Water seepage can result in damage to the underlying planks, necessitating more complex and expensive repairs.

Maintenance of roof shingles is a continuous process. Homeowners who take a chance and put off repairs, or are too careless to even notice early signs of damage, will only end up spending far more on costly repairs which were necessitated by the serious ongoing damage.

There are many things to learn about replacing roofing shingles. For more on this, check out this free report on Roof Shingles – Fixing Roof Problems

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Wholesale Roofing Shingles

If you’re on a tight budget and looking to save some money on construction costs, then there are many ways you can save on roofing costs alone. Even though it may appear expensive in the short term, one of the most effective is to use metal shingles for roofs. And purchasing wholesale roofing shingles can dramatically lower this expense.

The first thing to do is start looking for a provider of wholesale metal roofing. They must stock the manufacturer you want to order from, while at the same time offering you a much better deal than you could have located for yourself elsewhere. The idea of going with a wholesale roofing shingles supplier is that he not only will save you money, but also the time, trouble and stress of trying to locate good deals all on your own.

Some contractors will try and take charge of this important decision to get you to buy supplies and tiles they prefer. They may even convince you that they can get better deals than ‘outsiders’ because of their ‘connections’ and relationship with wholesalers. This is sometimes true, but often what they are doing is guiding you towards retailers they are friendly with, and with whom they’ll even split profits generated through such referrals.

So be sure you do some independent standing research on your own, and check on the rates of wholesale roofing shingles from different sources, including online. Then compare them against the numbers quoted by your contractor before making a final choice of which one to buy. Shopping around this way can save you a lot of money.

Wholesale metal roofing for seams can be much less expensive than other alternatives for cheap roofing solutions. It is often tempting to simply go to your local hardware or building supplies store and buy stuff you want off the shelf. But remember that by going to a wholesaler and taking a little extra trouble, you’ll save a large amount of what you’d pay to a retail outlet. Some wholesales however have conditions and restrictions on whom they will sell to, to avoid competing with their own supply chain. See if you qualify to meet these guidelines. It is worth that little trouble in terms of dollars you will end up saving from your purchase.

Typically residential roofs will be intact for 20 to 25 years. Metal roofing panels is even more durable and can last upto 50 years. And that’s another reason wholesale roofing shingles made of metal are such a great deal. So even though the initial cost and time investment might seem a little higher in getting wholesale roofing shingles for your construction, it will definitely pay off by way of savings and lesser maintenance costs.

Roofing is a major decision point in constructing a building, and must be given sufficient consideration and importance. Make sure you are fully informed and prepared to deal with this decision. Installing roofing and buying wholesale roofing shingles to do it in a cost-efficient manner is a smart decision. Don’t let anyone sway or unduly influence your decision in this regard. Instead be prepared by doing your research, shopping around and comparing prices online by visiting various websites and getting quotes from a range of contractors.

That way, when the time comes to make the final buying decision, you can do it confidently and secure in the knowledge that you are making the right choice.

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Advantages and Benefits of Architectural Roof Shingles

Architectural shingles are thicker than regular ones. The weight, per square, is considerably higher for this roofing material. This provides additional durability and manufacturers happily extend their warranties in the certainty that they won’t be forced to pay for repairs or damages. Indeed the heavier the shingle, the longer the warranties that vendors offer.

There is one more serious advantage to architectural roofing shingles – their resistance to disfigurement and discoloration from algae, fungi and mosses. Asphalt architectural shingles are designed to hide or mask this common bugbear of aesthetics – the black streams along the roof caused by infestations. More commonly seen in wet climates with heavy rain, snow or greater humidity, they can detract from the appeal of your new roof or entire building. Architectural roof shingles impregnated with copper and zinc granules interfere with the growth of algae and fungi. This prevents discoloration over time, keeping your roof looking new and attractive for many years.

The benefits of architectural roofing extend to better fire resistance and wind resistance. Their greater thickness greatly reduces the chance of being blown off in heavy winds. These shingles also don’t tear off or wrinkle easily and can tolerate extremes of weather. Granulating the surface layer of architectural shingles enhances the fire resistance, as does the use of fiberglass in the shingle itself. Most of these shingles are rated at the highest level of fire safety, Class A.

To sum up the benefits and advantages of architectural roof shingles, they are visually appealing, create a beautiful multi-dimensional effect on your roof, and are constructed to last longer while reducing the chance of algae, fungi and moss growth, and enhanced fire and wind safety.

Architectural Roof Shingles Brands

Some of the most popular brands of architectural roof shingles include:

GAF Timberline Roof Shingles – These are among the most popular architectural roof shingles in the market today. Timberline shingles provide a delightful natural wood look, and are backed by the reliability and brand of America’s most popular shingle retailer. Usually these shingles come with a lifetime warranty.

Tamko Heritage Roof Shingles – These are a good, long-lasting kind of architectural shingle, and are well known for their ‘shadow tone’ effect that enhances the depth perception of roofs lending a 3D look and feel to your building.

Certainteed Landmark Shingles – These are slightly more expensive than other brands, but come with an extended warranty and are of top class construction value. In most respects, Certainteed architectural roof shingles are comparable to GAF Timberline, and there is little to choose between both brands.

When it comes to decision-making time, often the hardest choice isn’t whether or not to get these shingles. Architectural roof shingles are a grand choice for anyone looking for a solution that enhances the appearance, value and reliablity of their building’s roof. The difficult part can be in choosing the color and texture that you want – because there are simply so many choices to pick from!

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Roof Shingles – Installing & Repairing Shingle Roofs

The most visible part of any home is the roof and roof shingles make a house stand out as a stunning masterpiece – or an eyesore. Roof shingles also act as the first line of defense against natural elements, protecting your building against wind and water. Given this, it is amazing how often the roof is ignored until shingles are torn or damaged, worn out or go missing. It’s only when water seeps through and damages the interior, causing electrical problems or staining or fungus on the walls that action is taken to fix roof shingles.

Here’s how to get the most from your shingle roof. The life cycle of most shingle based roofing systems is 2 to 3 decades. A warranty will save you a little bit, but as we draw closer to the end of this lifespan, it’s up to you to proactively repair roof shingles to get high value from your investment.

It’s a scary decision to go ahead and repair or replace your roof. Given the vast array of brands and options by way of roofing material, you can worry about making mistakes that are costly and dangerous to your safety. How to decide whether to repair or replace a damaged roof?

Well, you can ask a roofing contractor who specializes in roof shingles. Or you can take a look at the roof yourself and see why the roof shingles are failing. Are they curled, cracked, broken or blown off? Is only the occasional shingle damaged, or is there general wear and tear? This can determine whether you only need to fix a few broken shingles, or tear off the entire roof and do a good job.

By being diligent and observant, you can even identify problems with your roof shingles before they become apparent and obvious, allowing you to take preventive action. If the gutters on your roof are accumulating ‘sand’ that’s the same color as your shingles, it’s likely they are wearing out and clogging the gutter with dust.

Proactively caring for your roof can save you money and enhance the durability of the rest of your building. It is better to have things fixed before the roof shingles blow off and water seeps through causing interior damage. And maybe you’ll only need a few shingles for a quick repair job. To learn more about how to buy roof shingles and decide when is the best time to have your roof repaired or replaced, read this short report.

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Types of Roofing Shingles – Your Options (Part 3)

This is the final part of the post on types of roofing shingles. Here are the other options you can choose from…

Slate

A naturally occurring rock which when mined and chipped into thin slivers is an excellent roofing material. It is expensive and used in high-end homes. It is also a long lasting material, fire-proof and insect-proof. It does not rot like wood. It is heavy and might need extra support when laying on roof frame. It can break when people walk on it making maintenance difficult.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs come in a number of types of roofing shingles. Copper, Aluminum, Galvalume are the most commonly used metals along with lead and zinc. Metals are long lasting, durable, easy to install, fire proof, impact proof. Today, many residences use standing seam metal roofing which gives home a very modern and chic look. They are painted in different colors and shades and can match any exterior décor. They are also available in shape of shingles or individual tiles with different shakes and textures. They are manufactured to mimic clay tiles, wood shakes, and other shingle styles.

Concrete Tile

With advances in technology concrete tiles have become a very versatile and simple roofing material that are light weight and are designed to look wood, slate and clay tiles. Fire resistant, impact resistant, immune to insects and are durable too. Concrete can also be explored as one of the roofing options.

We have explored several types of roofing shingles and there are more traditional and non-traditional roofing shingles in use around the country thatch, tar and gravel, modified bitumen and rubber. Choose one that meets your local needs, easy to maintain and long-lasting.

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3 Types of Roofing Shingles

Ridge Cap Shingles and Ridge Cap Tiles

The final touch. Ridge Shingles are to your roof like a picture frame is to a picture. What kind of frame did they put around the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? I’ll bet you it wasn’t purchased at Wal-Mart… And what a difference it makes to have a good quality ridge shingle installed. The bottom line is, visually appealing Roof Systems include visually appealing ridge shingles.

If you are not concerned with the visual appeal of your Roof System, then save a buck and use a standard cut shingle for your ridge caps. If however you’d like your house to look more like your castle…use a definitive edge ridge shingle such as an IKO Ultra Hip or a GAF/Elk z-ridge. The price difference between a regular ridge shingle and a more visually appealing ridge shingle on a standard home is around $400 – $800.

Important note: Higher quality ridge shingles typically require special installation procedures when installed. It may be wise to mention this to whoever you choose to install your roof. Ridge shingles are located at areas of your roof most vulnerable to wind damage and therefore subject blowing off if they are not installed properly. Ask your roofing contractor what sort of Special Installations are required for installing high quality ridge shingles.

For more information, be sure to check out this full report about roofing shingles.

By Eric Gilbert

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How To Use a Roof Replacement Calculator To Save Money?

For any home owner thinking about replacing a roof on residential buildings it will be of great help and value to use a roof replacement calculator to estimate costs. This can let you compute an average expense so that you can plan out your budget for home renovation and improvement.

Many factors influence the cost of roof replacement including the slope, pitch, area to be covered and other complexities in the installation process created by dormers, vanes, chimneys and hips. If your roof has many such complexities, expect the cost to be much higher.

A roof replacement calculator can factor in these variables and using estimates derived from national averages for material and labor costs, it can give you a projected figure which will be reasonably accurate and help you make more informed and intelligent choices for roofing your home.

Don’t miss checking out this free report, “Roof Replacement Calculator – Finding The Cost Of Replacing Roofs

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