Choosing Roofing Shingles in Arizona
Many Arizona homeowners would like a roof that’s not too expensive, requires no maintenance and lasts a lifetime. What they are finding is most roofing shingles are replaced, or at least repaired, every ten to twelve years in southwest Arizona due to the intense heat and lengthy sun-drenched summers. By carefully choosing re-roofing material, you can reduce the cost of replacing your roof as well as increase the life of your Phoenix roof. What you will find is that in the long run, you’ll use less building material, fill up less space in the landfill with old discarded materials and have a great roof that will last for years or even a lifetime with some of the available options.
Lighter colored surface or a material selections won’t absorb heat from the sun light the darker colors so this alone will significantly reduce the cooling needs of the home or building. When your attic stays cooler, your cooling bills are reduced. We will post more on “Cool Roofing” shingles in a future blog.
Popular Roofing Materials
Below is a quick overview of some of the most popular types of roofing. Remember that cost alone does not determine quality of the roofing shingle and not all of these products will meet the specific needs of your home or building. By carefully selecting the material that is best suited for your location, a style you like, ensuring it is installed properly by a professional roofing company and by performing occasional modest maintenance, your roof can function properly for 20 to 50 years or even longer!
Composition Roofing Shingles
Asphalt and composition roof shingles are the most common choice for a clean look at an affordable price. Some of the higher quality versions which are made from asphalt or fiberglass shingles offer a more durable option, we’ll discuss this more in depth later.
Bob Vila reveals that Composite Shingles come in a large variety of types, brands and colors. The options are versatile, adapt easily to different applications, are relatively easy to install and in some applications can even be nailed in place over an existing roof. This type of shingle is low-maintenance and can be walked across without damaging the material. Most brands also offer Class A fire protection and can even be recycled.
The negative side of composition shingles is that they don’t have the lifespan of other roofing materials like tile or metal, they don’t offer the dimensional look of tile or wood shakes, and there is the possibility of them blowing off in high winds.
Presidential- is the original luxury shingle created to replicate the look of cedar shakes with the performance of fiber glass construction. Presidential Shake shingles deliver the charm and character of hand-split wood shakes with the durability and strength that presides over wood in virtually every surrounding.
Grand Canyon- are the ultimate choice for a rugged wood-shake look, offering incredible depth and dimension that will astound even the most causal observer.
Grand Sequoia- extra-large design with oversized tabs creates a realistic wood-shake look that adds visual impact at an incredibly affordable price.
Wikipedia – “wood shingles are thin, tapered pieces of wood primarily used to cover roofs and walls of buildings to protect them from the weather”. Wood shake shingles offer a natural look with a lot of character. Because of variations like color, width, thickness or cut of the wood, no two shake roofs will ever be the same. Wood offers some energy benefits too as it helps in insulation of the attic as it allows the house to breathe by allowing the air to circulate through the small openings under the felt rows on which wooden shingles are laid.
A Great Natural look. Wood Roofs require proper maintenance and is much more costly to replace.
The drawback to a wood shake roof is that it demands proper maintenance and repair or it will not last as long as other roofing products. Keep in mind that mold, rot, and insects can be a problem with this type of roofing as well. The life cycle cost of a shake roof may be high, and old shakes cannot be recycled.
Another drawback is that installing wood shakes is more complicated and costly than roofing with composite shingles and the quality of finished roof depends on the experience of the contractor as well as the caliber of shakes used. The Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy writes in their post about wood shake roofing that the best shakes come from heartwood of large old cedar trees which can be difficult to find anymore thus adding to the cost of this option. Note that some contractors maintain that shakes made from the outer wood of smaller cedars which are the usual source today are less uniform and more subject to twisting and warping causing them not to last as long.
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