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What are Shingles and how do they Protect my Roof?

HD Roofing & Construction | January 24, 2022

What are shingles?

If you look closely at the exterior of your roof, you will notice that it is not one solid piece. Instead, hundreds of overlapping squares cover your roof. These squares, known as roofing shingles, are essential for protecting your home. These create a secure seal that helps prevent wind and water damage and extends the lifespan of your roof.

Shingles cover almost the entire exterior of your roof. Manufacturers make them from a variety of materials such as wood, tile, and stone. In the United States, shingles are most commonly made from asphalt. Asphalt is inexpensive, highly durable, and ideal for moderate climates. This makes it a perfect option for Florida homeowners looking for a budget-friendly roof replacement. HD Roofing uses Landmark CertainTeed shingles, which are dual-layered and highly resistant to fire and algae growth. While asphalt can last up to 30 years, replace it more often if it begin to show signs of wear or damage.

 

Why are roofing shingles important?

Your roof serves a variety of purposes. It protects your home from the elements, including rain, hail, and wind. It also assists with keeping your home cooler during the summer months so you can stay comfortable year-round.

Shingles create a seal that prevents water damage from entering your home. This means that less moisture will build up inside your house and there’s less chance for mold or mildew to grow, which can be a common issue in Florida. Asphalt is also resistant to fire and algae growth, which extends its lifespan and improves durability over time.

 

When should I replace my shingles?

Asphalt is inexpensive and easy to install, making it a popular option for many homeowners. However, it is important to replace asphalt once every 15-30 years.

Some factors that can shorten your shingles’ lifespan include:

  • Strong winds
  • Heavy snow
  • Damage from hail or from fires
  • Homes built on high ground or in high elevations
  • Homes built near bodies of water

In Florida, the heavy wind, rain, and hail brought by storms is the most common cause of roof damage. If any of these factors apply to your home, your roof may need more frequent replacement.

 

What shingles do HD Roofing use?

HD Roofing uses Landmark CertainTeed shingles. These premium roofing shingles are highly durable, available in a wide variety of colors, and meet the industry’s toughest manufacturing quality standards. Our team of experts offers either a base 7 year workmanship warranty or an upgraded 25 year warranty.

 

What type of shingles are best for me?

While your choice of roofing material depends on your budget and the type of roof you have, asphalt is always an excellent choice. This affordable, durable reroofing material complements any home and will protect it for decades to come.

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