The most common way to install a Shingle Roof is called a tabbing method. This is where you would first install the small squares of asphalt shingle roofing materials on the ends of the rows that form the base of your new roof. Then you would cut the tabs so that they fit tightly together. You then use stapling as a finishing touch on the tabbed seams to make them look like one continuous piece of shingle. If you want to avoid seams while having a smooth seamless roofing surface, then you may want to have the tabs done on an angle so that they will lie closer together and be easier to joint.
There are many different types of shingle roofing materials available for you to choose from. One of the most popular is metal. Although metal is strong and durable, it also has the tendency to rust and deteriorate quickly under certain conditions. Another material that is used quite often is cedar shingles. While cedar is the most common choice for homes that want a natural feel and appeal, it is also very strong and durable and can last for decades and provides a great climate control if properly maintained.
Asphalt shingle roofs are a very popular shingle roofing installation material because of their cost effectiveness and long life. Asphalt shingles can be installed fairly easily with the proper preparation. They do not, however, hold up well to extremely harsh weather conditions like rain or snow. In fact, asphalt shingle roofs can start to deteriorate within just a few years if they are exposed to these conditions.
Asphalt shingles come in two different forms: straight and ribbed. Most asphalt shingles come in straight sheets. They are best installed directly on top of a layer of gravel and then cedar plank or block is laid on top to give it strength and rigidity. This asphalt shingling installation method requires a professional to ensure there are no rocks or gravels underneath the shingles to hinder its proper installation. If you decide to lay this type of roofing material over a gravel base, then you should allow for the additional drying time between laying the gravel and placing the shingles.
The most popular asphalt shingle used for residential use is called 3-tab asphalt shingle roofing. This form of shingle is made by taking three tabs from one sheet of asphalt. These tabs are then sewn together to form the shingle roof. This type of roofing is the cheapest type of asphalt shingle on the market today and is typically used in the garage or backyard areas of most homes. It does, however, have the strongest integrity and is considered to be a fire retardant, so it can be used in places prone to fires.
If you need a stronger roof, then you may want to consider an organic or composite shingle such as the Vinyl Shingle. As a wood based product, the Shingles is made from recycled wood waste that is then formed into small pellets. These pellets are more expensive than the asphalt shingle variety but they do not have the amount of damage as the organic variety would. The organic material is more susceptible to rotting from weather and wind and therefore needs to be replaced more often. As a result, the organic shingles is more expensive than the wood-based shingles and is only used where the building has a history of severe storms and winds.
Lastly, when using Shingles, make sure you get the Self-Sealing variety. Self-Sealing shingles have been proven to reduce the risk of algae growth and are considered to be a greener choice than the asphalt variety. They also perform better than granules as they form tightly packed granules and are more resistant to weather and wind.