Shingles are the most popular choice for roofs in USA. Your home will look wonderful with a new Tinsley shingle roof. Roof shingles are a roof covering consisting of individual overlapping elements. These elements are typically flat rectangular shapes laid in rows from the bottom edge of the roof up, with each successive higher row overlapping the joints in the row below. Historically, at the roof ridge there was a cap consisting of copper or lead sheeting which in modern times has been replaced by shingles with a plastic underlay. Shingles are the lowest initial cost roofing solution available.
Traditional shingle roofing can offer one of the most dramatic-looking roofs. Shingles can also be one of the lowest cost roofs to install.
Being the most common roofing material means that installer are readily available, and materials are easy to come by. Shingles are available in different shapes, colors, textures, styles and profiles, such as wood, slate, asbestos-cement, bitumen-soaked paper covered with aggregate (asphalt shingle), composite or ceramic. They are hail and wind resistant, with warranties available for 20, 30 40 or 50 years.
Long lead times and slow installation are very uncommon. In most cases, Tinsley completes the installation the same day it begins.
The Architectural style shingles offer thicker profiles and longer warranties. In addition, they have simulated shadows and depth created by varying the shades of the granuals on the shingle surface, creating a rich, architectural look.
Wide availability and familiarity with shingle roofing materials make repairs, should they be necessary, inexpensive and quick to complete.
Two types of asphalt shingles are used: organic and fiberglass or glass fiber. Organic shingles are generally paper (waste paper) saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof, then a top coating of adhesive asphalt is applied and ceramic granules are then embedded. In the case of algae-resistant shingles, a portion of the granules contain leachable copper ceramically coated, designed to protect against discoloration from algae on the roof.
Due to increased fire hazard, wood shingles and paper-based asphalt shingles have become less common than fiberglass-based asphalt shingles. In the United States, fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material used for residential roofing applications.
Aging of shingles: The protective nature of paper and fiberglass asphalt shingles primarily comes from the long-chain petroleum hydrocarbons, while wood shingles are protected by natural oils in the cellulose structure. Over time in the hot sun, these oils soften and when rain falls the oils are gradually washed out of the shingles. During rain, more water is channeled along eaves and complex rooflines, and these are subsequently more prone to erosion than other areas.