Shingle Roof System Installation, Replacement & Repairs
Precision Roof Crafters is your local team of reliable roofers proudly serving Houston, TX, and neighboring communities. When it comes to shingle roofing systems, we cover all your roofing system needs. From residential to commercial shingle installation, repair, or replacement, we have you taken care of. We work with composition (fiberglass) shingles, asphalt, wood shingles, and shakes. Learn about different shingle variations available below. Have any questions? Reach out to a friendly, local representative. We’d love to help you determine what’s right for your residential home or commercial business!
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.
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.
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.
Which Shingle Type is Best?
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 your home or business’s roofing shingles.