For centuries, homeowners have associated rooftops with shingle-covered surfaces. Still, few homeowners understand what specific features a consumer should expect to find in a top-quality shingle.

How poor-quality shingles can affect roofing

A roof’s lifetime gets shortened, if a contractor that has failed to use top-quality materials has built that particular roof. Roofing contractors in San Mateo that do not hesitate to spend money on top-rated materials manage to increase the durability of the rooftops that they have constructed. Homes with low-cost shingles tend to appear less attractive to potential home buyers.

Signs that a roof has been built by a contractor that has used poor-quality shingles

• More than one shingle is broken.
• In multiple instances, a shingle’s surface has cracked.
• In numerous spots, a shingle is missing.

Suggested options for homeowners that hope to invest in durable and attractive shingles

Choose a product that matches with the extent of the shingle’s exposure to the elements.If home located in region with lots of sunshine, buy one of the roofing products that feature reflective properties. If a shingle’s surface contains metal, then it should be the preferred choice among those homeowners that live in an area with frequent wildfires.

Homes with well-shaded rooftops lack the ability to release all of the shingles’ absorbed water in a brief span of time. Hence, each of those same residences requires roofing that does not absorb much water. The roof’s shape also plays a part in determining the shingles’ ideal composition. That fact calls greatest attention to shingles’ ideal features on a roof that is either flat or low-pitched.

Why should a roof’s shape be considered, when a consumer studies the options available to those consumers that intend to invest in a new rooftop?

If a roof is flat or low-pitched, rainwater does not drain off of that particular structure as readily as it does from sloped rooftops. In other words, pools of water could form on a flat or low-pitched surface. Roofing experts know that pooled water could become the source of a leak. In an effort to avoid seepage, roofers’ term for leakage, a rubber roof helps. Yet keep in mind the fact that a rooftop’s shape is only one of many factors that need to be considered by any consumer that plans to do some shingle- focused shopping.

That same consumer’s attention should get directed at the properties of the marketed and displayed products. Which of them contain reflective properties? Which of them do a poor job of absorbing water? Which of them would be least apt to start burning, if exposed to flying embers? Each of those questions belongs on any listing that claims to contain smart homeowners’ questions.

If you are looking for more information about roofing or need a FREE quote on your impending roofing job, call Shelton Roofing Co. today.