Exploring Roof Builds, Techniques and Tools

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Exploring Roof Builds, Techniques and Tools

Hey everyone, my name is Patricia Brown, but everyone calls me Trish. I will use this site to explore residential roofing materials and building techniques. Roofs protect the home from the elements and provide a stylistic touch unmatched by any other feature. There are a wide range of materials used for roof construction, including copper, asphalt and tile shingles. Even the hardware varies considerably depending on which type of roof you'd like for your home. Every roofer has their own set of tools and techniques used to complete the job. Roofers may utilize high tech tools to measure grades and find leaks. I could go on forever about roofs, so I created this site for my ideas and discoveries about this fun industry. I'd love for you all to follow along with my journey through roof exploration. Welcome!

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Composition roofing is the most common type of residential roofing material. These are the asphalt shingle roofs that probably adorn most of the homes in your neighborhood. They're called composition shingles because they are a composition of different materials, such as fiberglass and asphalt. If you're in need of a new roof, you may opt for a composition roof, but you still have a few choices in types and styles. Here are the three main types of composition roofing.

Strip Shingles 

Strip shingles are also called three-tab shingles. They are a long strip of roofing material that has three tabs on it, so when the roof is applied, each tab looks like an individual shingle. This is the most affordable roofing option you can buy, and for that reason, it is also a common choice for new home builders, and these are considered builders-grade roofing materials. Although the shingles are thinner and less expensive, they can still last a couple of decades or more with good maintenance.

Laminated Shingles

Laminated shingles are double the thickness of strip shingles because they have an extra layer of tabs. Since these are thicker, laminated shingles can last several years longer than strip shingles, and these are a popular choice for homeowners buying new roofs. If you want a roof that has a long life and that has an attractive appearance, then dimensional composition shingles could be the right choice.

Premium Shingles

Premium shingles are also known as best grade composition shingles. These are the heaviest and largest asphalt shingles, so they are also the most durable. These can last for several decades and might even come with a lifetime warranty. These are the most expensive type of asphalt shingles, and they're a good match when you want quality materials used in your home. Plus, when you choose premium shingles, the roof may last long enough that it could be the last roof you have to bother with replacing. Having these shingles on your roof could also make your home more desirable and valuable if you decide to sell your home in the future.

Besides the major decision of choosing which type of composition shingles you want for your roof, you also have to choose the color of the shingles since each type comes in different colors. All types of composition roofing go well on all types of homes, so your choice could depend on your budget since these vary in cost, or you may have a preference based on appearance or longevity.