Houston Shingle Roofing
Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: Fiberglass and organic-mat. Organic shingles use a cellulose-fiber mat derived from wood saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. A top coating of adhesive asphalt is then applied and the ceramic granules are then embedded. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 sq. ft.) than their glass fiber counterpart which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance.
Fiberglass shingles have a glass fiber reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The fiberglass mat is not waterproof by itself. Its purpose is for reinforcement. What makes the fiberglass shingle waterproof is the asphalt. However, the asphalt itself will not stick to the mat. For this reason, “fillers” are used. The fillers in the asphalt cling to the glass fibers in the mat. The asphalt then encapsulates the glass fibers, fills all of the little holes and voids in the mat rendering it waterproof. After this cools a bit, adhesive asphalt is used to cover the mat and the ceramic granules are then embedded.
The ceramic granules are there for two reasons. The primary reason is to protect the shingles from the sun. The sun’s UV rays are very damaging to asphalt and cause it to deteriorate prematurely. This is one of the same reasons that gravel is used on built-up roofs. The second and more obvious reason for the granules is aesthetics. Asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of colors to match almost any facade or landscape.
So Which Type of Roofing Shingle is Better?
Fiberglass shingles are thinner, lighter, easier to lug around, and carry a better fire rating than organic shingles, but organic-mat shingles are tougher and stay more flexible in cold weather. Fiberglass shingles predominate in southern and central regions, but organic shingles are still popular in the North and are almost the universal choice in Canada. The Houston roofing contractors at Precision Roof Crafters can help you make the best decision for your Houston home when it comes to shingles.
Wood Shingles are sawn from wood blocks; they are tapered and generally have a relatively smooth surface. Wood Shakes are split from wood blocks; they are less uniform in thickness than shingles, are sometimes grooved, and frequently have little tapering. Shakes may be split, and then sawn to provide taper as well as a relatively flat side, which is turned away from the weather during installation. Shingles and shakes can also be used on sidewalls.
Our Shingle Roofing Systems Include:
- Composition (Fiberglass) Shingles
- Asphalt (Organic) Shingles
- Wood Shingles
- Wood Shakes
Why Houston Should Hire Us for Their Shingle Roofing
Since 1996 the expert Houston roofing contractors at Precision Roof Crafters have been serving the Southeast Region of Texas with renovation, catastrophe restoration and new construction services. We have completed over 19,000 projects across the country with zero failures to complete – a testament to our unyielding commitment to client satisfaction. Our experience and dedication to our clients set us apart from other roofing companies in the Houston area, and make us your top choice for roofing services.
As a BBB Accredited Business, Recommended Roofer, you can trust Precision Roof Crafters to provide professional quality results every time. Our success is reflected in the quality of our services and the drive to get the job done right the first time. It has been and will always be our intention to provide all our clients with a single point of contact for all their roofing needs.