15 Frequently Asked Shingle Roofing Q&A’s

If you own a property that has a shingle roof, you are in the right spot! As professional roofing contractors, we receive numerous questions regarding shingle roofing. Below, we have listed 15 of the most common shingle roofing questions and answers in their specific categories. Today we will answer questions regarding types of shingles, shingle lifespan, and re-roofing with shingles.

Types of Shingles

Which types of shingles should I buy?

When it comes to asphalt shingles, the three main types are 3-tab shingles, luxury shingles, and architectural shingles. In Florida, the most used shingles are architectural due to climate.

What is the difference between asphalt and architectural shingles?

An asphalt shingle is any shingle that consists of felt paper or fiberglass base which is then glazed with a waterproof coating of asphalt and covered with ceramic granules. Architectural shingles are a specific type of asphalt shingle. They are 2-ply and portray a 3-dimensional appearance.

Are 3-tab or architectural shingles better to have in Florida?

Both shingles provide the same durability and resistance when it comes to the Florida heat. Something to consider is the high wind speeds that come with hurricane season and architectural shingles are more durable for that.

Re-roofing with Shingles

Can you put a metal roof over old roof shingles?

This is possible but it is important to note that there are risks involved with this method. If this is your preferred method, be sure to avoid a flat-panel metal roof and go with something that is more barred.

Is it cheaper to re-roof rather than install a brand-new roof?

Typically, yes. When re-roofing is taking place, roofers will put new shingles on top of the pre-existing ones which saves time, money, and labor given that the old shingles will not need to be removed.

Is it always better to remove an old layer of shingles before putting on a new layer?

The answer to this question depends on the condition of the roof and if there has been any structural damage to the components of the roof. This answer also depends on the wants of the property’s owners. Along with this, we will always give our honest feedback when advice is requested.

Shingle Roofing Lifespan

How long do asphalt shingles last?

Depending on the climate, roof maintenance, and quality of the shingles used, asphalt shingles can last anywhere from 20-30 years on average.

Do architectural shingles last longer than 3-tab shingles?

There are many variables to consider answering this question appropriately and accurately. Oftentimes, architectural shingles last for about 10 years more than 3-tab shingles. Please note that this is not always the case!

How do I know when it is time to replace my shingles?

There are some different ways to determine whether it may be time to replace your shingles. Check to see if your shingles are weak (crack or bend easily). If you have missing shingles or shingles that fall off easily, this can be an indication of needing your roof redone. If the shingle edges are curled or warped in any way, it is definitely time to get your roof inspected by a professional.

One Last Thought

All Phase roofing services strive for great customer service, quality work over quantity, and stress-free roofing service. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your roof, please do not hesitate to give us a call! Contact All Phase Roofing Services today for a free consultation and a no-obligation estimate!