American homes have different types of roofs, but if you are developing a home in North Carolina, then you will probably find ceramic and cement roofing tile on the roofs. If you are interested in knowing about asphalt and traditional wooden shingles, their strengths and weaknesses, then that is exactly what we are going to discuss today.
When it comes to aesthetics, nothing beats the look of aged, well-weathered cedar shingles for the roof. These are available in different lengths, widths, and thicknesses. The quality of the cedar also varies depending upon the purpose it is meant for, but as always, the higher the grade, the more the price you pay for it.
Cedar shingles are designed for pitched roof structures, hence they are set one upon the other. Originally, roofs were designed to accommodate cedar shingles by setting wooden slates spaced evenly apart from each other across the roof joist. There wasn’t any plywood sheathing or planking under the shingles due to a simple reason that cedar shingles despite their ability to shed water also hold water, which they might not be able to dry out. On a rainy day, the shingles absorb water but seal the roof from any leaks. A properly built cedar roof remains leak-proof for 20+ years easily. However, if the shingles on your roof are not absorbing water, then your roof must have become leaky. If it has, then you need to do something about it, like maybe calling Southern Premier roofers in Raleigh NC. They will be able to help you out with the leaky roof problem in the most suitable manner.
There must be enough space and air ventilation in the shingles to prevent them from absorbing the water. If there isn’t any space and ventilation, then make sure to add a roofing paper barrier and plywood sheathing, which will swell when wet and prevent the water from entering the home.
Asphalt Tab Shingles
Then, there are asphalt tab shingles, which are beautiful and easy to install over a plywood sheathed roof asphalt. These are lap set in rows one upon another, giving the look of real wooden shingles. These shingles create a leak-free roof, which lasts anywhere from 15-40 years, depending upon the grade of the shingles. A problem with shingles is that when wind-driven ice and snow build-up under the shingle tabs, it will lift the shingles, thus exposing the attachment points to allow water to enter the roof system and your home. If something like that happens, then you must get in touch with Southern Premier roof repair experts in Fayetteville NC. Get it done before the winters because it will be easier and more affordable for you.