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How To Install Shingle Roofing

By on December 22, 2015 in Home Maintainence & Remodeling

In New Mexico, shingle roofing is the most widely seen type of roofing used. There are several reasons why these small shingles made from asphalt are so popular. However, while they may be popular, they are not always the best option for mostly all home. Here are a list of the pros and cons of using shingle roofing in New Mexico. This list will help you make an informed decision as to whether asphalt shingles are right for you.

Cons: Shingles Have a Short Lifespan For Roofing Products When asphalt shingles were originally introduced, they had a lifespan that was comparable with other roofing products, such as wood shakes and rubber coatings. However, over the last 25 years, the roofing industry has seen a burst in products that last extremely long lengths of time. Most asphalt shingles last for about 20 years, depending on the thickness, upkeep and weather exposure. However, products such as metal roofs and ceramic tiles last for about 50 years, copper lasts for about 80 years and slate shingles last for upwards of 100 years.

Shingle Roofing in New Mexico Requires a Fair Amount of Maintenance If you have a shingle roof, it is important that you have an annual inspection done on your roof and make the necessary repairs. It is not uncommon for asphalt shingles to blow off the roof during heavy wind storms, shrink due to sun exposure, curl up due to hot temperatures or crack due to freezing temperatures. When any of the above happen, the shingle is no longer able to protect the roof from water. Water can penetrate through the damaged or missing shingle and cause a leak in your home. If you are looking for a low maintenance product, this is not it. The Shingles Can’t Be Installed when It is

Freezing Outside

Unfortunately, you cannot control when you are going to have roof problems or leaks. And once you experience a problem, it is important that you act quickly to fix it. The biggest drawback with asphalt shingles is that they cannot be installed when it is freezing outside or during heavy rains. Typically, a layer of plastic is laid over your roof to protect the roof until the shingles may be installed, but this is in no way as good as having roofing materials installed.

Pros:

Shingle Roofing in New Mexico is Affordable The reason that asphalt shingles are the most commonly used product for roofs is because the material is affordable. Asphalt shingles are one of the most inexpensive roofing materials on the market. The average price for shingles is about $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot. Higher end products, such as copper and slate, average about $11.50 to $15.00 per square foot. It is simple to see how quickly that can add up and how asphalt shingles are the more economical option.

Asphalt Shingles are Easy to Install

Asphalt shingles are one of the easiest types of roofs to install. This is because the material is flexible, lightweight and commonly used. Therefore, most roofers are very familiar with the product and know how to install it. This is certainly not the case with higher end products, such as slate or metal roofs. Because they are not as common, many roofing companies are not as familiar with the installation process. You will spend a lot of time looking for a contractor who has experience installing that roof type and you will pay a premium for their service.

Asphalt Shingles Come in a Wide Variety of Colors Several homeowners are beginning to realize that their roof can add to the curb appeal of their home. As such, they are selecting a roof color and pattern that adds character and charm. Shingles can help them do this, as they are available in a wide variety of colors. You can get absolutely everything from traditional browns and blacks to reds, greens and blues.


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