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Know Your Shingle

For the average person, a shingle is a shingle.  It’s simply something that goes on a roof for added protection.  In actuality though, there are several different types of shingles, each one uniquely fitting for a particular building situation.  If you are looking to renovate your roof, here are some quick facts to keep you in the know.

Asphalt Shingles

  • very popular since the 1950’s
  • light weight and inexpensive
  • made by permeating a fiber material with asphalt
  • utlize synthetic materials, making them relatively fireproof
  • contains copper or zinc that fight algae growth
  • provides quality wind protection
  • 20+ year lifespan

Architectural Shingles

  • thicker than asphalt shingles
  • look more refined than asphalt shingles
  • resist algae growth
  • sometimes resemble natural materials like slate or wood
  • not as prone to insect damage
  • relatively fire resistant
  • last up to 50 years

Wood Shingles

  • usually made from cedar or pressure-treated pine
  • smooth and uniform in appearance
  • last 30-50 years
  • cost more than asphalt shingles

Shingles and Roof Pitch

The slope of the roof will be a factor in deciding which shingles are right for your home.  Asphalt shingles are the most adequate shingle for a medium slope roof, because they handle moisture well – anywhere from a 4/12 pitch (mild slope) to a 12/12 pitch (extreme slope).  Wood shingles are usually only used for steeper pitches as they are more prone to leakage.  This issue, along with any other questions about shingles can be answered by M. Walter Roofing, your Chicago area roofers!