Ultimately, your roof's performance is the result of two things: expert installation and superior products. At Roof-Rite, we're committed to providing durable, long-lasting roofing solutions, so we only use shingles from the top manufacturers in the industry.
Whether you're looking for luxury synthetic slate or architectural shingles for your home or you're just matching standard 3-tab shingles on an out-building, we've got a solution for you.
In 1903, Michigan made roofing history when our own Michigander Henry Reynolds had the novel idea of making individual shingles out of the rolled asphalt roofing material that was widely used in his day. Over the past 100 years, asphalt shingles have continued to evolve with changing technology and housing design trends.
Early innovators created varieties such as Giant 12” x 16” shingles and French Method (diamond and hex pattern) shingles. Later, interlocking shingles and Novelty Strip shingles were the predecessors of the traditional 3-tab standard shingles and architectural shingles commonly used today.
While both architectural and traditional shingles are made from asphalt, the architectural shingles are rapidly gaining in popularity.
Architectural shingles, also known as dimensional or laminated shingles, are outpacing the traditional 3-tab shingles to become the most prevalent roofing option because they offer all of the benefits of asphalt with better aesthetics, more design options, and greater durability.
Architectural shingles are comprised of two or more asphalt layers with a thicker, heavier base, higher fiberglass content, and additional layers of granules compared to their traditional counterpart. They have a more three-dimensional look and are available in more colors and styles; effectively simulating the appearance of the slate, tile or shake roof. Perfect for homeowners who want to re-create the look of a Victorian farmhouse, Spanish Mission house, Log Cabin or another architectural style for their home.
All asphalt shingles are generally durable, low-maintenance, easy to repair, fire-resistant, wind-resistant and economical. However, architectural shingles have some advantages over the 3 tab shingle.
Your budget, your vision for the design of your home, and the climate in your area all factor into your choice of shingle.
There are so many different styles and features of architectural shingles to choose from, consulting with a roofing professional like Roof-Rite Inc. about the specifics of your home is really the best way to choose which roofing material is right for you.
Shingles are your home’s first line of defense from storms, hail, rain, and wind. You might even call them the heroes of home protection because they are built to withstand everything life's tempests can throw at them. So how do you know if your shingles are not performing as they should?
In most cases, homeowners do not need to go up on the roof to spot signs of trouble with their asphalt shingles. In fact walking on the roof is discouraged not only for your safety but also because failing shingles can be further damaged by foot traffic.
Most roof damage can be detected through a visual inspection of the roof from your home’s exterior. For this article, we are only going to address issues related to asphalt shingles in Michigan. The first place to start and the easiest way to inspect your asphalt shingled roof is to walk around the outside of your home.
As you walk around your house, look at the roofing and gutters. Are there any missing shingles? These should be easy to spot since there will be a disruption in the visual pattern in relation to the rest of the roof. After many years of roofing in Michigan, we have noticed that both our winter and summer storms are strong enough to tear shingles off of the roof. Other signs of asphalt shingle damage and wear are curling and/or erosion of the granules from the surface of the shingle.
Observe the condition of the shingles themselves. How does the surface of each shingle look? Do some areas have a different texture? Is the decorative colored surface worn away with the darker undersurface showing through? Are the corners and edges of the shingles curling up?
As the asphalt shingles go through year after year of hot/cold cycles and just generally age, the asphalt material loses some of its adhesion. When this happens the granules are more susceptible to wear from the elements. Often loss of granules is an indicator that your roof is aging and roof repair is probably not very far off, especially with the volatile Michigan weather.
Curling and cupping is a more serious indicator that a roofing installation is in your near future.
We inspect a lot of roofing in the Detroit area and we know first-hand that even with the best roofing materials and the most skillful installation eventually every roof ages. When you see the warning signs noted above, it’s time to call Roof Rite, your expert Michigan roofing contractor for a free inspection and estimate.
Roof-Rite wants to be your Michigan roofing contractor! We take pride in repairing and replacing shingles for homeowners and businesses throughout Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.
If your home or business needs new shingles, roofing installation or gutter installation in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesse, Livingston, St. Clair, or Washtenaw Counties, we are happy to provide a roofing estimate.
Just call Roof-Rite at (877) 451-7663 to schedule an appointment. Roof-Rite strives to be the best roofing and shingle contractor in Michigan!
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