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Shingle Roofing Westerville

When it comes to protecting your home or business from the elements, choosing the right roofing material is very important. After all, your roof takes a lot of abuse. Unless you like repeatedly inconveniencing yourself and paying more for extra fixes, it’s not worth hiring a professional roofer to replace your roof with a low-quality material.

To help you get a good idea of what kinds of roofs Gateway Roofing can install for you, we’ve created a guide to shingle roofs. If you have any more questions, feel free to give us a call. Our roofing experts are more than happy to explain the ins and outs of the products we install. With proper care, your shingle roof should last for a minimum of 20 years. We just want to make sure that you’re happy with the final decision you make on your roof.

What Kinds of Shingle Roofs Are There?

Asphalt Shingles

The most common types of shingle roofs are asphalt shingles. Popular across North America for being a cost-effective roofing solution, asphalt shingles have become the norm for most urban development projects. Because they’re relatively light, asphalt shingles are easy to ship, easy to get on the roof, and easy to install. Unlike slate or ceramic tile, asphalt shingles are soft and therefore don’t break when you walk on them, although they can wear out over time from too much contact.

Faux Slate Roofs

Faux slate shingles are a stylish and long-lasting alternative to asphalt shingles. Made of a polymer composite that’s similar to plastic, faux slate shingles are molded to approximate the look and feel of an authentic slate roof. But because they’re made of a polymer composite, faux slate shingles are about as light as asphalt shingles meaning that no structural modifications will have to be done to the building. They’re also less brittle than slate, although can get damaged from walking on.

One big advantage of faux slate shingles is that they’re a lot more slippery than asphalt and even real slate. This means that during those rough Ohio winters, here in Westerville, the snow will slide right off their surface!

Metal Shingle Roofing

At about half the weight of asphalt, metal roofing has the advantage of being very easy to install. Metal is also great for letting the snow slide right off, meaning much less likelihood of leaks from thawing. While they can be quite loud during storms, metal roofs relatively storm proof. Rain beads up, debris bounces right off, and unlike asphalt shingles, extreme winds can’t harm it. The only downside is that in the event of a hail storm, it’s possible that dents could occur. This is more likely on the lower end metal roofing shingles.

Is Roofing a DIY Job?

We love giving our clients the information they need to make educated decisions about their investments. But we don’t want to make the leap from there to do-it-yourself roofing. It’s not because we want to sell you our services. It’s because it’s incredibly dangerous to work on a sloping, slippery surface, with heavy building materials, two stories above ground. In Westerville, let the trained professionals at Gateway Roofing do the work they’ve spent their lives perfecting. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing services!