Three types of asphalt roof shingles

Drive through any Connecticut neighborhood, and you’ll likely find most roofs have asphalt shingles; and for good reason. Asphalt roof shingles are extremely popular because they’re easy to find, even easier to install, cost-efficient and come in many colors. They’re also extremely durable against ice, snow, rain, high winds, etc., all key factors for any homeowner looking to repair or replace their roof.

For these reasons and more, asphalt is a preferred choice for homeowners and roofing contractors alike.

Generally, there are three types of asphalt roof shingles to choose from:

  1. 3-tab shinglesMJT Roofing - Professional Roofing Contractor
  2. Dimensional shingles
  3. Architectural shingles

At MJT Roofing, we want our current and future customers to know and understand the differences between these common roofing shingles so that they pick the right product for their homes.

3-Tab Asphalt Roof Shingles

Also known as strip shingles, 3-tab asphalt shingles are the original and most basic. They are made from a single layer of asphalt, making them extremely lightweight and cost-efficient, and they get their name because of how they are cut (strips). Generally, the lifespan of a 3-tab roof is 18-20 years, but it can last longer under the right conditions. More often than not, you’ll see 3-tab shingles on inexpensive homes or larger homes that already have 3-tab shingles on their roof.

Dimensional Asphalt Roof Shingles

While 3-tab is the original, dimensional shingles are the most common. Also known as architectural or laminate, they are characterized by two or more layers versus the 3-tab’s one. This makes them heavier and more durable. More importantly, it gives your completed roof a thicker, multi-dimensional appearance. Most homes you see today in Connecticut have dimensional shingles or will soon be converted to them when it’s time to replace them.

Luxury Asphalt Roof Shingles

Luxury or laminate shingles also offer a multi-dimensional appearance. But the biggest difference is that they are even heavier than dimensional shingles and are the most durable. Granted, you’ll have to pay more for this type of shingle, but they’ll last a lot longer due to their resistance to tears and impact. You’ll also have even more choices in terms of colors and styles.

Call MJT Roofing today!

Asphalt shingles are a great option for your next Connecticut roof. The kicker is to have the right professional roofing contractor to ensure whatever shingles you choose are installed correctly. At MJT Roofing, we want to be your Connecticut roofing professional for life. We will hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement.

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

Why Roof Inspections Are Important

We all want our home to look nice. From the carefully crafted landscaping that makes our humble abode the envy of the neighborhood, to picture-perfect blinds and shutters and how we choose to decorate everything inside the front door, it’s all we can think about. And yet, we often overlook the one element that ties everything together and makes our home a home — the roof.

Sure, a roof can be seen as nothing more than beams, plywood, and lots and lots of shingles. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a home’s first line of defense from the elements and, as a result, suffers the most from repeated snow falls, damaging winds, and insane temperature changes.

This is why regular roof inspections are so important. If left unattended, your roof and all the parts that make up the integrity of your roofing system can quickly fail — unbeknownst to you — and cause common roof problems that no one wants to deal with:

  • LeaksMJT Roofing - Professional Roofing Contractor
  • Missing or damaged shingles
  • Cracking, blistering, and shrinkage
  • Pooling water
  • Sagging or drooping
  • Damaged gutters
  • Ventilation issues
  • Tree damage
  • Granules clogging downspouts
  • Freezing damage
  • Pest problems

Roof inspections matter year-round

This piece isn’t meant to scare you. Instead, the goal is to educate everyone on the importance of increasing the longevity of your roof through roof inspections. Much like your car, a roof requires regular roof inspections to stand the test of time. And by “regular,” we don’t strictly mean those moments after a severe storm. We mean doing spot-checks ahead of storm season, after storm season, etc.

Now, you, as a homeowner, can do things like walk around your property and do a visual inspection of your roof and property. In some cases, for the do-it-yourselfers, you may even be able to get on your roof and replace wearable items like flashing, etc.

But if getting on the roof is not a 100% safe option for you, or you’re just not sure what to look for, call MJT Roofing any time for all your roof inspections. We hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to replacing your roof.

You simply can’t put a price on having a professional roof inspection. We can find faults in your roof that, while they seem small now, can be tied before they cause costly damage to everything you own.

Call MJT Roofing today!

There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Conducting routine roof inspections is one, and over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

Tree Damage

How to Avoid Tree Damage on Your Roof

Most people love having big, beautiful, well-maintained trees in their front yard that are as tall if not taller than their roof. After all, trees are majestic and a stunning part of our natural landscape, so having several on your property gives your home’s curb appeal an instant upgrade while also providing shade.

Bottom line: we could all stand to be in an area where there are more trees. Just be mindful of the many ways trees can cause unintended roof damage when you least expect it.

There are generally four ways your roof can fall prey to tree damage:

  1. Falling trees — This is the most obvious and dangerous form of tree damage to a roof. A strong Connecticut storm blows through town, and either causes a tree in your yard to split and fall on your home or become uprooted and collapse. No matter the size of the tree, you can expect significant damage and an immediate roof repair should any tree fall on your home.
  2. Overhanging branches — Low branches that overhang the roofline can snap under the pressure of heavy rain and harsh wind and damage your roof. Even if they don’t snap, a gentle wind can cause those that are too close to the house to rub against your shingles. That constant rubbing may not seem that bad at first, but leaving the problem unattended can destroy a roof over time. 
  3. Access to critters — Trees that are too close to the house are a great springboard for squirrels and other critters to get on your roof. These critters can nest on your roof or claw their way into access points to your attic. 
  4. Leaves and needles — Believe it or not, leaves, pine needles, and other debris can cause mold, leaks, and even rotting. Most homeowners aren’t going to be aware that this is a problem with their house, so scheduling roof repairs with MJT Roofing is critical. 

Even if it doesn’t look like you need a full roof replacement due to tree damage, your professional roofing contractor friends here at MJT Roofing want to stress the importance of regular maintenance and not taking any roofing issues for granted. Ignoring the issue or putting it off until later could take a small problem now and turn it into a bigger and more costly issue down the road.

Between roof inspections, there are simple things you as a homeowner can do to prevent tree damage:

  • Remove low, overhanging branches.
  • Check trees around your property for damage, rotting, stability issues, etc., and replace when needed. This will help you remove and replace a potentially hazardous tree before something happens.
  • Keep your trees well-maintained and look for areas where critters may be getting onto your roof. 

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement. 

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

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