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April 26, 2017




How Well Do You Know Your Roof?

There is much more to your roof than you may realize. For centuries, we have been crafting structures to provide shelter for our families. As time progressed so too did our materials, building methods and tools. Here are some fun roofing facts that might give you a new appreciation for the job your roof does and the work that goes into creating that structure.


  1. There are three main shingle designs in roofing construction: strip, laminated and large form.


  1. In places prone to hot temperatures and plenty of sun, lighter coloured shingles can be a better choice as they are more resistant to heat absorption, UV damage and curling.


  1. Despite being a newer form of roofing option, invented circa 1900, asphalt shingles are undoubtedly the most popular roofing product in North America.


  1. In humid climates, algae and fungal growth can compromise the effectiveness of your shingles. In these scenarios, installing algae-resistant shingles can avert discoloration and moss growth.


  1. Did you know asphalt shingles can be recycled and used as a raw material for new roads? When disposing of old/damaged shingles, make sure to never burn them as this releases petroleum into the environment. Instead take them to a landfill site to be properly disposed of there.


  1. There are two types of asphalt shingle options used in construction: fiberglass and organic. Although asphalt is a primary ingredient in shingles, either fiberglass or an organic-element are required to create the finished product that we see on roofs.


  1. Asphalt shingles are an ideal option when trying to realize quality roofing at an affordable price. This roofing product can be more affordable than alternatives – metal and tile – and still prove effective for years to come.