Different Roof shingles types in Naples Florida and
Advantages and Disadvantages
In the past roof shingles were made from wood. This material was abundant then so even if it needs to be replaced often, there are ready replacements available. However, as wood became scarce and expensive there are other materials that were made to replace it. It still has the same look and function. It is only the composition that differed. Roof shingles are now sturdier and last longer. The choice on which one to use would depend on the home owner. There are shingles that are more expensive but would last longer and there are also shingles that are cheaper but have higher maintenance and repair cost.
Asphalt Roof Shingles
This type of roof shingle many advantages. It can be repaired easily, resistant to fire and can be used in any types of house designs. It is also inexpensive and is available in different types of colors and styles. However, there is a drawback to using asphalt shingles; it only has a life span of 15 to 30 years, which in roof life is very short. The shingle is also prone to mildew and moss and can easily scar when hot.
Wood Roof Shingles
These are usually used on ranch houses and cottages. There are several advantages in using this. One is that it is easy to repair when damaged. Another advantage is that it provides good insulation. It can last to as long as 50 years if proper maintenance is done. Also, it has several designs from natural to grays. Its downside is that it is more expensive than the other types of shingles and has to be professionally installed. Wood is also prone to rotting and splitting. Mold and mildew is also an enemy of wood shingles. The biggest drawback to this is that it has a very poor fire rating.
Metal Roof Shingles
Shingles can also be made from metal. The most popular metals used are tin, copper and aluminium. The metal shingles are the most durable of all as it can last more than 50 years. It can withstand beating from all types of weather. It is also very light compared to the other materials. The disadvantage of using metal shingles is that it is expensive and since it is very difficult to install, professional installation is required. Other than periodic painting there is no other requirement needed.
Solar Roof Shingles
These are made from photovoltaic cells that absorb the energy released by the sun. These panels, which are wired to the main electrical system can provide energy than can be used to power the house just like the solar panels. Having solar shingles have several advantages. One advantage is that it can help reduce the homeowner’s electrical bill. It also increases the value of the home. However it is very expensive to install. It is also difficult to find.
For those who want to have roof shingles installed, Castilla Roofing provide Roof shingles of all types in Naples Florida, Marco Island, Bonita Spring and Fort Myers area