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The Life and Times of Roof Shingles

Let's face it, roof shingles aren't exactly the life of the party on your house. They're more like the reliable but slightly grumpy uncle who always shows up for Thanksgiving. But don't underestimate these workhorses! Rain or shine, they tirelessly keep your home dry and cozy. Let's embark on a journey to explore the life and times of roof shingles.

Birth of a Shingle: Our story begins at a manufacturing facility with raw materials – asphalt, slate, metal, or even wood in some cases. These materials are then transformed into shingles through various processes. Asphalt shingles, the most common type, are a blend of asphalt, fiberglass mat, and mineral granules. This blend gives them strength, flexibility, and weather resistance.

Installation Day: Once produced, shingles are delivered to your home, ready to be installed. Skilled roofers meticulously climb up and transform your bare roof into a protective layer. Each shingle is carefully positioned, overlapping its neighbors to create a watertight seal.


Life on the Roof: Now the real work begins! Shingles face the brunt of nature's fury. Hot summer sun beats down, relentless rain tests their waterproofing abilities, and strong winds try to pry them loose. But our shingles are tough. They absorb the sun's heat, deflecting it away from your home.


Battling the Elements: Wind is a constant adversary. The shingles lock tight with their neighbors, forming a strong line of defense to prevent wind uplift. During heavy rains, the interlocking design ensures water flows smoothly away from the underlayment and towards the gutters. Our shingles never complain, simply doing their duty.


Winter's Wrath: As the seasons change, so do the demands on your shingles. Winter brings snow and ice, which can add extra weight and stress. However, some shingles are designed with a special coating to prevent ice dams from forming. Throughout the years, the color of your shingles may fade slightly, a testament to their constant battle with the elements.



Time Takes its Toll: Even the most durable shingles can't fight forever. Over the years, exposure to sunlight can cause the asphalt binder to dry out, making shingles more brittle. Granules might wear away, exposing the underlayment to potential damage. Our shingles’ valiant service has reached its end.


A Well-Earned Rest: During a routine inspection, a roofer identifies signs of wear and determines it's time for a new roof. Our shingles are carefully removed and recycled whenever possible. A new generation of shingles takes their place, ready to protect your home for years to come.


Though shingles eventually wear down, their replacement ensures your home's continued protection.  By investing in quality shingles and proper maintenance, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your roof is doing its job.  If your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan, call Watertight Roofing Services at 813-971-5404 for a free quote.



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