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The Pros and Cons of Shingle Roofing

Shingle Roofing in Jacksonville Florida

You are getting ready to replace your roof. You have wisely chosen Big Fish Roofing, Inc. to professionally complete the job. You think your decision making is done, caput, fini. It’s not. You still need to choose the materials. Shingles, you say. What KIND of shingles? Let’s have a look…

On the positive side, asphalt shingles

  • are probably the least expensive type of shingle to install.
  • are appropriate for most any style home, especially those with steep-sloped roofs.
  • are light and require no structural reinforcement.
  • are easy to install or replace because they are easy to cut and fit.
  • are weather resistant.
  • are low-maintenance and easily walked on during inspections, maintenance, or repair work.
  • are not requiring of special accessories for edges or flashings.
  • are available in two different types, standard (organic) and laminated (fiberglass), as well as in a variety of colors, brands, degrees of fire resistance, and life-span ratings.

On the negative side, asphalt shingles

  • are not very distinctive.
  • are not as lasting as slate shingles.
  • are easily damaged or blown off by high winds.
  • are apt to scar or become otherwise damaged if hot.
  • are easily damaged by mildew in shady areas of the roof.

On the positive side, wood shingles or shakes

  • are key factors for a classic, natural looking roof style with unique character that may result in an increased property value.
  • are available in a variety of widths, colors, thicknesses, and cuts.
  • are light and require no structural reinforcement.
  • are energy efficient by insulating the attic and by allowing the roof to “breathe”.
  • are durable, able to handle strong storms and debris, and easily walked on during inspections, maintenance, or repair work.
  • are not as likely to deteriorate because of the elements when properly sealed.
  • are less expensive than slate shingles.

On the negative side, wood shingles or shakes

  • are complicated to install.
  • are more expensive than asphalt shingles.
  • are high maintenance.
  • are not as long-lasting as other shingle types.
  • are susceptible to rot, mold, and insect damage.
  • are not recyclable.
  • are, in most cases, unrated by fire safety codes.

On the positive side, slate shingles

  • are very attractive and unique, possibly resulting in an increased property value.
  • Are available in a variety of sizes and colors.
  • are fire-resistant.
  • are low maintenance.
  • are there for the long haul, having a long life span.
  • On the negative side, slate shingles
  • are expensive to install and to replace.
  • are heavy and require structural reinforcement and special tools.
  • are brittle, breakable, and not easily walked on during inspections, maintenance, or repair work.

The professionals at Big Fish Roofing, Inc. in Jacksonville Beach Fl. are ready to help you make choices about the shingles that will be used to complete your roofing project. We have the experience and the expertise to handle any job… from the simplest using asphalt shingles, to the most difficult and precise using wood, shake, or slate shingles. Contact us at 904-685-8334 or online at for a free estimate and consultation. Your roof is our canvas. Let’s make a masterpiece!

Do-it-Yourself Ways to Tell if Your Home Needs a New Roof

Springtime Checklist for the Roof of Your Northeast Florida Home

Personal calendars don’t usually spotlight “Check Your Roof Day”. After all, nobody likes to go looking for trouble. However, knowing what to look for during a casual, regular inspection can help you determine if your roof needs fixing or replacing. The National Roofing Contractors Association suggests that you take a good look at your roof in the spring and in the fall.

Where do you start? Inside the home, the attic is a good place to begin. Using a flashlight, check for trails and dark spots, areas showing water damage or leakage, sagging, or light coming in from outside. Other indoor signs of roof issues include: blistering or peeling of paint; stains, mold, or mildew on walls and/or ceilings; and an unexplained increase in your heating or cooling costs.

Outside inspections are made visually by using binoculars or by actually going up on the roof. If you choose the latter method the safest route is to contact the professionals at Big Fish Roofing Company to do the inspection for you. If you are truly a do-it-yourself kind of homeowner, make sure to have proper safety equipment and a buddy standing by on the ground…with a cell phone and 911 on speed dial.

When you are doing an outside inspection,

  • check the gutter. Is it sagging, leaking, or holding asphalt pieces from the shingles? Is it properly attached?
  • check the flashing. Is there damage or ineffective coverage?
  • check under the eaves and overhangs. Are there signs of water damage that might be from leakage?
  • check around pipes, fireplaces, sky lights, vents, and any other roof penetrations. Are their seals in good shape, or are they worn?
  • check the shingles. Are they cracked, torn, bald, or missing? Are they curled or warped? Asphalt shingles that are failing become brittle, crack, and come apart very easily. Failing cedar shingles split, fall apart, and may get mossy. Individual tiles on tile roofs might break. Wooden shakes may fall victim to wood-boring critters.
  • check the nails. Are they popping up or rusting? Are there stains around them?
  • check the seams. Are they open?
  • check for sagging or unevenness. Are there any unsound areas?
  • Check for mold, algae, and rot. Any of these will negatively impact the integrity of your roof.

At the first sign of any roof damage or other roof related problem, contact Big Fish Roofing Company. Our licensed and experienced team of roofers will provide you with a free inspection, a work proposal, and an estimate of costs. We will work with you to make sure that your family has a safe and properly functioning roof over each and every head.