Shingle Roofs

Shingle Roofs 2018-06-28T06:03:07+00:00

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Shingle Roofs for Central Florida


Used on more Central Florida ( and private homes throughout the USA in general ) than any other roofing material, shingles fit seamlessly into just about any neighborhood. Shingle roofs are made of wood or of asphalt.

Asphalt Roofing

The most popular type of shingles are made of asphalt and are covered with tiny gravel. This gravel is so tiny that the shingles look like a solid surface from just a few feet away. They come in strips which are cut to look like three individual pieces. Other types include 3-tab or ‘strip’ shingles which are made of a single layer of material with two-cut outs on the exposed surface. They tend to look like ‘slate’ and laminate shingles.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), steep-slope asphalt
is the most popular material for both new homes as well as roof replacement on existing homes.

Other Types

Other types of shingles are made of cedar or laminated wood. These a bit more expensive to install but tend to last a bit longer than those made of asphalt. Call our roofing company at (321) 363-3871 in Sanford and serving Kissimmee to Palm Bay and throughout Central Florida.

Benefits of Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Roofs covered with wood or asphalt have a lifespan of about 15 to 30 years. Hire a reputable contractor like our team here at XLR8 Roofing to install these shingles for the best results. Our roofing contractor teams are comprised of highly trained, licensed and insured professionals. In addition, we are Home Advisor screened and approved and BBB rated!

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A Few More Benefits:

  • Easy to install.
  • Available in a wide range of colors ( From black to white to everything in between )
  • Fire resistant
  • Installation takes only a day or two (sometimes less).
  • Repairs are relatively simple on asphalt. If weather, wind or a foreign object rips off or destroys a few shingles, they can be easily removed and replaced. Then the repair with new shingles can be quickly installed. Save a few left-over shingles from your original installation in the off-chance that this type of repair may one day be necessary. That way the repair will match the existing shingles exactly.

Shingles do require higher maintenance and could require more repairs than tile or metal roofs, and they are not as environmentally friendly, which could be a consideration. They also tend to absorb a lot of heat from the hot Florida sun, which will raise the temperature of the attic and make the house a bit more expensive to keep cool.

Call us today to find out if a wood shingle or asphalt roof is right for your home or business and find out whether financing is available. We are happy to answer any question about your structure and will recommend what’s best for you.

Call (321) 363-3871 in Sanford, Orlando, Melbourne, Palm Bay or the rest of Central Florida for a free quote or click here.

Economic Benefits

There are also economic benefits of using asphalt shingles to cover and waterproof your roof. If you already have a roof with asphalt shingles and it needs replacing, this may be available to you, depending on the local building codes in your municipality.

The usual procedure when installing asphalt shingles in to remove the existing roofing material down to the wood sheathing. Then waterproof tar paper or an equivalent is laid down on top of the wood. The asphalt is then installed over the waterproof material.

Obviously, removing the existing adds to the cost of applying new material. However, it is possible to install new shingles on top of an existing installation. Doing so will greatly reduce the economic impact of a new roof. Check with your local housing inspection agency for clarification of this in your Central Florida community.

In some jurisdictions, it may even be possible to obtain a “hardship” waiver. This means that a third layer of asphalt can be installed on a roof. However, this must be approved after a municipal inspector determines that the structural integrity of the building can handle the weight of this third layer of shingles.

Please note that this is only available in cases of extreme economic hardship, subject to the ability of the building to carry the excess weight. Roofing contractors don’t recommend you take this course just to save money. The best way to ensure that your roof does not leak is to remove the old asphalt shingles down to the wood sheathing and install new ones.

If you do need some financial help in obtaining your new roof, XLR8 Roofing in Sanford is pleased to be able to offer financing.

Benefits of Wood Shingles

Wood shingles have a natural look which is reemerging in popularity. They also offer some addition insulation to homeowners as wood has natural insulating properties. They tend to last longer than asphalt roofs and are good for 10 to 40 years.

Wooden roofs are a bit more complicated to install and repair and tend to require higher maintenance.

More Information / Our Company

XLR8 Roofing & Construction, LLC is a leading roofing company in the Central Florida from Sanford to Kissimmee to Palm Bay. We will happily guide you through the process of selecting your roofing material, choosing the right color for your home and deciding on the best method of installing the shingles.

Call us today at (321) 363-3871 to get started choosing your new roof. Or you can contact us by clicking here, 24 hours a day. Our experts are happy to answer any questions about your particular project.