Asphalt Shingle Roofing Solutions Florida
Asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of roof systems for steep-slope roofs.
They come in two types: fiber glass and organic. Organic consists of paper saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof with a top coat of adhesive with embedded ceramic granules. Organic shingles weigh more so they have better blow-off resistance. Fiberglass shingles have a glass fiber mat coated with asphalt that contains mineral fillers. It also contains a top coat of adhesive with embedded granules.
Ceramic granules protect the shingles from the sun, and also provide good aesthetics. Shingles come in a variety of colors. Shingles are also very cost effective.
Roof shingles are produced in a single layer (3-tab shingles) or multiple layers (dimensional shingles because they have a 3-dimensional appearance.) Both contain a strip of adhesive that is activated by the sun and seals each row. The strip also provides wind uplift resistance.
Warranties for shingle roofs range from 10 to 50 years. A semi-annual inspection is recommended maintenance to check the for roof system problems. Penetrations in the roof should be checked for deterioration. Shingle roofs are recommended for residential roofs with a minimum 7 degree slope where the eave is 33 feet high or less.
A roofing square is equal to 100 square feet. The “slope” or “pitch” refers to the incline on the roof. Generally interpreted as the number of inches rise per 12 inches horizontal. 2/12 means that there is two (2) inches rise per twelve (12) inches horizontal.