Durable Asphalt Shingle Roofs in Florida
Some asphalt shingle roofing is better suited to the weather extremes in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. Since we face the potential for high, damaging winds, lots of water and an abundance of sunshine, it’s important to note that asphalt shingle roofs are susceptible to these elements. The least wind-resistant asphalt shingle is the strip, or 3-tab, shingle. While this type of asphalt shingle works great for many homes, it is only rated to 60-70 mph winds. In a place like South Florida, where we sometimes get hurricanes, this could make the difference between whether or not your roof stands up to the next fierce storm.
Architectural, or dimensional, shingles are the most common shingles in Florida due to their durability. In fact, most homeowners associations (HOAs) require new homes to be built using these shingles for roofing. Architectural shingles cost a bit more initially than strip shingles, but their multi-layer glass fiber construction makes them much stronger than single-layer three-tab (strip) shingles. These shingles are typically able to withstand storms with wind uplift of 110 mph up to 130 mph, though some manufacturers have begun to produce them with extra reinforcement, increasing the shingle’s wind rating to around 150 mph and their lifespan to 50 years or more.
Luxury, or premium, shingles tend to be 20-30% thicker than architectural shingles, adding depth and richness to the aesthetic value of the home. While these shingles provide protection comparable to that of architectural shingles, luxury/premium shingles are sometimes referred to as “lifetime” shingles for their expected lifespan.
Asphalt Shingle Roof Repair
Asphalt shingle roofs are virtually maintenance-free (when properly installed), however, all homeowners know that unexpected home repairs pop up when we least expect them. Luckily, asphalt shingle roofing is easy to fix because it’s possible to simply remove the damaged shingle and replace it - no need to tear off the whole roof. While shingle replacement is rather simple, we highly advise you to let a professional roofer do the repair. If your roof shingles have suffered any damage, the experienced team at AKVM can help. We may be able to replace a few cracked asphalt shingles or refresh the underlayment to keep your asphalt shingle roof in good working order so it can continue to protect your home for years to come.
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