Are you longing for a home that doesn’t look like every other house in the neighborhood? Updating your roof with dimensional shingles is a terrific way to increase your home’s curb appeal dramatically. Follow along as we explore dimensional shingles and how you can use them to make your home the star of your block.

 

Basics of Dimensional Shingles

Homeowners have long appreciated the benefits of asphalt shingle roofs. Along with being relatively inexpensive to install, asphalt shingles are also simple to maintain and repair. Indeed, one of the few complaints about traditional asphalt shingle roofs is that they can be pretty boring.

The fantastic news is that shingle roofs do not have to be dull. Today’s shingles come in many different colors and styles. One of the most exciting types of asphalt shingles on the market today is the dimensional shingle. 

Dimensional shingles come from the bonding together of multiple layers of asphalt. The result of the bonding process is an affordable shingle that closely resembles much more expensive kinds of roofing materials. Indeed, you can achieve the look of slate, shake, and tile roofs while still having all the perks that come with a traditional asphalt roof.

It’s also possible to use the power of dimensional shingles to add visual interest without hiding the fact that the product contains multiple layers of asphalt. Imagine how you could use exciting textures and patterns to liven up your roof.

Are you ready to give dimensional shingles a closer look? If so, it’s time to look at the pros and cons of this super popular roofing material.

 

Dimensional Shingle Pros and Cons

There is no such thing as a material that is perfect for every roof. Still, dimensional shingles are a powerful contender as one of the best roofing choices. We love this roofing material, but we wouldn’t be honest if we didn’t cover some of the significant pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision.

The Upsides

Asphalt roofing has long been the material of choice for many homeowners across the United States. Indeed, this type of roofing material has been the most popular choice for decades. Dimensional shingles blend a favorite choice with architectural excitement and are fast becoming a popular purchase in Florida.

Affordable

Do you want the luxury look of slate while having enough money left over for your summer vacation? Dimensional shingles can beautifully mimic the look of far more expensive materials at a much more budget-friendly price. Contact us for current prices on our vast selection of dimensional shingle designs.

Options

Few materials come in as many designs and colors as the dimensional shingle. From traditional to ultra-modern, there is a shingle to fit your needs. 

Waterproof

Let’s face it; the most important thing to look for in a new roof is its ability to withstand water. You can count on this type of material to keep water outside of your home. Some homeowners also opt to add a further waterproof coating to their roof for extra protection during Florida’s torrential downpours.

Fire Resistant

You might be surprised to learn that wildfires burn thousands of acres of land in Florida each year. With the increasing risk of wildfire in many communities, the roofs that cover our residential and commercial structures must resist the threat of fire. Fortunately, asphalt shingles have a Class A fire rating and can hold up under fire for as long as two hours.

The Downsides

Before you settle on installing dimensional shingles, take the time to consider the disadvantages carefully. After all, since no roofing material is without fault, you should know the potential downsides so that you can choose your new roof wisely.

Life Span

Dimensional shingles can last as many as thirty years if well-maintained. While this seems like a long time, there are other materials on the market that boast a longer lifespan. A slate tile roof, for example, often endures for over a century.

Wind

Vulnerability to the ferocious wind that accompanies hurricanes and tropical storms is one of the most severe downsides of many asphalt shingles. However, you don’t have to give up on dimensional shingles entirely. A professional roofing contractor can take steps to improve your roof’s performance in storm conditions. Read this FEMA paper on using asphalt shingles in windy areas for more detailed information.

Roof Pitch

We don’t recommend this type of roofing material for low pitched roofs. The problem with installing shingles on a roof that features a low angle is that water has a harder time rolling off the roof and can find its way into your home.

In general, dimensional shingles are a terrific option for many homeowners. The surest way to determine if they will work for your roof is to consult with a professional roofing contractor. Contact us today for a no-hassle consultation.

 

DIY or Professional?

One of the ways that asphalt shingles differ from many other types of roofing materials is that homeowners often see them as a simple DIY installation job. If you’re like most homeowners, the idea of saving money by taking on a roof installation job yourself is slightly tempting. After all, installing a shingle roof seems reasonably uncomplicated.

Although we won’t argue that, on the surface, installing a shingle roof doesn’t seem too tricky, however, we hope that you’ll consider hiring a professional roofer. Your roof must function correctly to protect your home from the elements. We’ve been called in to repair too many poorly done DIY jobs to say that you should attempt a roof installation.

The main thing to consider before you head over to your local big-box home improvement store for roofing supplies is that working on a roof is dangerous. Even professional roofers suffer from roofing accidents that lead to severe injuries and death. Is potentially saving money in DIY roofing worth the risk of broken bones and head trauma?

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Benefits of Hiring a Pro

Unless you have substantial experience constructing shingle roofs, you are much better off hiring a top-quality contractor. There are persuasive reasons to trust your new roof to a professional roofer. Some of the top reasons include:

  • Confidence that the work will be correct.
  • A contractor knows how to make your roof hurricane-ready.
  • You’ll receive warranties on the work and materials.
  • The professionals stick to strict safety guidelines.
  • Let someone else do the heavy-lifting and dangerous work.

Along with the reasons above, we believe that you’ll find that it’s cost-effective to leave the roofing work to the experts. Tornado Roofing & Contracting Inc., for instance, delivers high-quality, on-time service at desirable prices. Contact us to discover how we can affordably transform your home with a stellar shingle roof.

Lastly, dimensional shingles are an affordable way to turn your house from ho-hum into a showstopper. There are countless styles and color options to choose from, and there’s no way that you won’t find a style that suits your house. Choosing a new roof is a considerable investment, and the availability of dimensional shingles gives you a fantastic opportunity to create a roof that you’ll want to live with for decades into the future.

Contact us at Tornado Roofing & Contracting Inc. for dependable service and a selection of affordable roofing materials and services that will make choosing your new roof a pleasure.