When they were first used as roofing options, shingle roofs were made from any raw material available and different from what is used today. Wood, slate, copper, clay are good examples of the traditional shingle roofing raw materials. Those kinds of shingle roofs are more than 100 years old.
Shingle roofs, also called Asphalt Shingles roofing, are not wholly made from asphalt materials. They usually contain either fiberglass or consist of a felt paper base, which is then coated with asphalt for a waterproof characteristic. The top of the roofing material could also have ceramic granules.
More manufacturers use fiberglass to produce asphalt since it delivers a more lightweight and less costly option. This doesn’t impact the strength and reliability of the entire roofing membrane. It gives more fire resistance and added strength to the shingles.
Asphalt Shingles are available in different types and usually fall under categories: the first is the three-tab style shingle, while the other is the architectural shingle.
You may think of this as combining three products to become a single high-quality material. The three-tab shingle delivers an easy to install, popular, and economical shingle type. This popular choice is available to most of our customers.
Architectural shingles have a bulky look and feel, as though it is made from wood and slate. It has an additional later, which increases its resistance to extreme weather conditions and temperatures.
Both of the categories come in different colors to suit your roofing design.
The more recent architectural shingles design has a sunlight reflective quality, allowing reflection of the majority of sun rays that would otherwise enter into your building, reducing operating cooling systems costs.
You will see our shingles roof installations last up to 30 years or more when they are coupled with sufficient/proper Maintenance.
Like most roofing systems, the lifespan of shingle roofs is affected by many factors, such as weather, installation quality, roof pitch, and shingle material quality.
Another essential agent that impacts the lifespan of shingle is the environment where it is installed. The more a shingle roof is exposed to elements that can impact its lifespan, the more likely it will have a lesser lifespan. Ice dams, spiking temperatures, and algae negatively affect the lifespan of shingle roofs.
If your shingle roof has been installed for a long time, you may begin to notice cracks or lifting (that is, some parts of your shingles are lifted). That is a sign your shingle roof will need replacing or repair.
What signs should you notice?
The problem with leaks is, they may begin without leaving any of the above signs, which means more time for cracks causing the leaks to expand. The best you may get is cracking or blistering paint. Or a bowed wall stud.
Blisters are also common in other areas of your shingle than the edges. If you begin to notice a dark line or find ceramic granules of your shingles in gutters, that is a sign your roof needs a change.
However, more granules shedding in the later periods of your roofing installation shows it may be time for a roof repair or complete replacement.
The absence of granules means your asphalt is open to direct sunlight, which could lead to cracks that allow water entry.
It will help if you look for an accumulation of shingle granules in your gutters, near downspouts, and around foundations.
Other signs to look out for include; loose or missing shingles, nails used to fasten shingle membranes or even an unusual increase in your cooling or heating bills.
If you notice any of the above, reach out to a shingle roof installer in Toronto to help you get things sorted before they turn messy and lead to more costly damages.
All Roofing Toronto will inspect your roof, identify the cause of damage, and tell you what you need to do to get a safe, reliable roof again.
The best time to get across to a contractor is the first period when you begin noticing any of the above. You may be able to salvage some cost and get a quote for repairs instead of the more costly installation.
All Roofing Toronto has the most experienced shingle roof installers in Toronto. Our roofing installations have proven to last long and showed any serious homeowner could rely upon them.
We understand you want to protect yourself and your loved ones from whatever the weather may throw in your way. We know you want a reliable roofing system, and that is what we will deliver. We will ensure you have the best roof there is to meet all your roofing needs.
Give us a call, or send us an email explaining your roofing needs, we are here to help.