Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingle Material
3-Tab Fiberglass shingles are the most common type of Asphalt Shingle used as of the writing of this article. Asphalt Fiberglass Shingles are made in two main types, "3-tab(Standard)" and "Laminated(Architectural)".
"Laminated" is the least common, but mainly because it is fairly new. "Laminated" is often called "Architectural" Asphalt Fiberglass because of the depth and style added by its extra layers that are added to the shingle. They are also more durable than "3-tab" and over the next few years will probably be replacing the standard "3-tab" shingles.
Asphalt shingles are great because they are cost-efficient and most brands include a 15-30 year warranty. These shingles are easy to maintain, and often can easily be patched by the homeowner. These materials will begin to show wear in as early as 8-10 years in extreme weather environments, and are vulnerable to high winds.
Maintenance of Asphalt Fiberglass Shingles
The following pictures are some signs that you can look for to know when your roof may need some maintenance:
Tile Material roofs are made with two main types of material: Clay and Concrete. The latter being the most durable and cost effective.
Although both types of Tiles are very durable and last several years, you should never just walk on these material types. Due to the nature of the materials, any direct pressure in a weak location will cause the tile to crack. Many homeowners mistakenly to this when decorating their home for the holidays. Any maintenance done to the roof should be performed from a scaffolding, and preferably done by a roofing professional. Tile roof material is the best roofing material for durability and longevity of the roof, but your roof must be able to sustain the additional weight of the tile roof. If you are looking to replace your Asphalt/Fiberglass roof with a Tile roof, be sure to consult a building professional to determine whether or not the roof members can support the new roofing material.