What is one of the most important elements of your home? A window, a door, your furniture? If those were your answers, then I am guessing you like to sleep beneath the open sky. You might as well live in a tent in that case.
It’s the roof. What would you do without it? Imagine it right now. You’re just waking up and your brain hasn’t yet started to work properly. While you are stretching and yawning, a bird swiftly flies into your room and hits you on the mouth. Ouch.
And, should I even mention rain, snow, and other weather conditions? How would it feel lying down in a soaking wet bed? Or, pouring your cereals in a bowl full of leaves? Don’t worry; you can always wash the leaves off. With rain…
Let’s Get Down To Earth
Okay, okay, I get it. I’m exaggerating a bit. Surely, nobody in their right mind would want to have a home without a roof. It’s a completely different thing when you go camping. First of all, it usually lasts a few days. And secondly, you always have an indoor-space to go back to.
The reason for my exaggeration is to draw your attention to the significance of this part of your house and the importance of choosing the best one when you are building or renovating. I think I have proved my point. And it wasn’t even that difficult. Now, let’s get down to Earth and talk about something more realistic.
There is something else I need to draw that same attention to. Building a roof is a big and relevant process. And do you know what every single roof on the whole wide world needs? Can you guess it? Let me help you. It needs shingles. Learn more.
How To Find Your Best Shingles
There are many types of materials you can choose for your roof shingles. Metal, wood, tiles, slates, asphalt… I’m telling you, there are many, many types. But, why did I stop listing them? Well, it’s easy. I already mentioned the most used one.
Asphalt shingles are the most prevalent out there. People have been using it for a long, long while and they still haven’t switched to a different type. What does that tell you? Usually, when something is good, people aren’t in a hurry to change it. It’s in our nature to stick with the best thing that works.
These shingles are highly durable and once you install them on your home, you won’t have to worry about replacing them any time soon. They will protect your house from all the weather conditions that might hit you in Australia. On top of that, they really don’t need that much maintenance.
In addition to being a great way to protect your property for many years to come, asphalt shingles are also popular because they are fairly easy to install. When you get a good contractor, you will be surprised with the speed of that process. I don’t know about you, but that is an important factor in my world.
Asphalt shingles also look very attractive. When you choose the style you prefer, I am confident that you will be rather happy with the roof you get for your home. I suppose you don’t want to equip it with just anything. And while it is important to choose a high-quality product, it is also important to make your house look nice. After all, who wants an ugly-looking property?
Before I move on, I have a quick explanation for you. While searching for these products, don’t be surprised if you come across the term “composition shingles”. It is entirely the same thing. Yet, people tend to get confused sometimes, so I wanted you to have this in black and white.
Types Of Types
So, you have decided to go with asphalt and your work is done, right? Now, it’s time to find a contractor? Not exactly. Well, sure, you can find a company that installs roof shingles right at this point, but you aren’t done choosing just yet. As it happens, every type has their own types.
The three major kinds of asphalt roofing shingles are dimensional, luxury, and strip shingles. So, before anyone starts working on your house, you should decide which one of these you want. And in order to decide which one you want, you need to learn a few things about them.
These are produced with two or more layers of asphalt. Those layers are fused together and provide your roof with a two-dimensional appearance that might look richer and more attractive. In fact, they are used to replicate the aesthetics of slate and wood roofing.
They are also called laminate, or architectural shingles and they are rather popular and prevalent on the market. Compared to some other types, these can be a bit heavier. But, you won’t be the one doing the lifting, am I right? Jokes aside, you should check them out and see if they are in accordance with your preferences and your style.
Strip shingles are the most common and most basic type. Made with only one layer, they will give your roof a slate appearance. The single layer also means that they will be less heavy than the dimensional ones. Consequently, they won’t cost as much as the first type.
But, don’t let the price fool you. Even though they might be slightly cheaper, the price doesn’t take away anything from the style and the beauty. Their flat look can make your property rather elegant and sophisticated.
I think the name speaks for itself here. These make for the most stunning appearance. But, that’s not all. In addition to being beautiful to look at, luxury shingles are probably of the highest-quality on the market. Due to their heavy weight, these will provide you with a very high level of protection. In any case, which type is the best depends on your personal preferences and price ranges.