Shingle roofs are probably the easiest to identify because most people, regardless of where they come from, have encountered them. Shingles are the most common residential roofing material in the country.
While shingle roofs are relatively common here in Tucson, they're not seen as often as built-up roofs (on flat or low sloped houses) and tile roofs (on steeply sloped roofs).
How a Shingle Roof Works
A shingle roof works very much like a tile roof in that it's essentially a water sheds as to waterproof membranes like built-up roofs. Basically, water is intended to bounce from shingle to shingle until it falls over the edge of the roof.
Shingle roofs have historically been very successful when installed on houses where the roof consists of two slopes with a chimney in the middle. But modern architects tend to favor houses with complex roof structures - and that introduces a whole new set of potential problems.
The complexity of these roofing designs makes for beautiful roof lines but presents some challenges to the roof installer. The complexity and the requirements of the shingles, flashings, penetrations and the transitions from slope to slope require a lot of time and patience that many installers just are unwilling to take.
About Roofing Shingles
Sometimes they are referred to as “Composition Shingles” as they were manufactured with a composition of many different types of organic fibers. Although shingles now are manufactured almost exclusively with fiberglass fibers, the terms composition shingles or fiberglass shingles should be treated as one in the same.
Common Problems With Shingle Roofs
The only real common problem with well-installed shingle roofs is wind damage.
There is a glue line on shingles to adhere the leading or lower edge of the shingle to the shingle below. When Tucson has a storm, we really have a storm and wind damage occurs! The sad fact is that when wind damage hits a roof, the likelihood of future wind damage goes way up. There is no great solution to wind damage. Obviously the missing shingles can and must be replaced but once the glue line of a shingle becomes detached, there is no solution other than time and heat to re-attach it.
How We Can Help
That's where Roofsavers Locke Roofing comes in. We understand the critical areas and what to look for when inspecting a shingle roof for vulnerabilities. If a leak should occur, our knowledge of the common problems, as well as common installation mistakes, gives us a huge advantage over the weather when the weather is trying to enter your house.
Call us today at 520-884-1288 to learn more or to request a free quote.
It's important to understand exactly what you're getting when you need roofing service. So we're happy to take a close look at your roof, discuss your needs, and give you a detailed estimate - all at no cost to you.