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Facts About Shingles

Nov 28, 2022 | Education

Shingles are extremely important for the health and structure of every roof they are a part of. Keep reading for more shingle facts!

What are the Different Types Of Shingles?

The three major types of shingles that exist in roofing marketing today are asphalt shingles, slate shingles, and wood shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most common form of shingles due to their affordability. However, they can’t compete with the look and durability of luxury materials. Slate shingles are thin but their combined weight can add up and they are naturally attractive. Wood shingles are not only attractive but also durable, they are typically made out of cedar or yellow pine, and last between 25-30 years. 

What Is the Average Lifespan of Shingles in the SC ClimatePhoto of roofing shingles

The climate of South Carolina is a big consideration in choosing which shingle is the best. The best options to consider for South Carolinas climate are asphalt shingles, metal roofing, wood shingles, clay tiles, and concrete tiles. In addition to climate other considerations when choosing shingle type in the structure and architecture of your home. The angle of your roof and the aesthetics of the exterior of your house will be a consideration as well. Consider the life expectancy of the shingles as well. Your neighborhood may also have rules and regulations about roof materials. 

What Causes Shingles to Discolor? 

There are many different reasons shingles begin to change color. Shingles fade because they’re doing their job. Exposure to the sun, rain, wind, and debris causes fading. To prevent fading, you may want to consider choosing high-quality shingles. Higher-quality shingles are less likely to experience fading or discoloration. 

Can You Put Shingles Over Preexisting Shingles? 

If you install a roof save the shingles from the installation to make it easier to replace shingles. An experienced contractor may be able to use them to blend with the current shingles. If numerous shingles have faded try to get a shade lighter with the same manufacturer to blend better. Your roofer would be able to help you compare before you decide. If getting a good match is difficult, replacing a section of the roof is an option. Partial replacement is less expensive than a full roof replacement. This way doesn’t create the same spotty look that patch repairs do. 


Are you in need of immediate roofing repairs or a roof replacement? The team at Southline Roofing is here to help. Contact us today!

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