THE SOLAR PANEL MARKET TODAY, PANELS VS ROOFING SHINGLES
By: Amanda Meredith
EPCT 1311 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
In today’s market roofing shingles are sold by the bundle and it takes three bundles to make a square. There are several different brands of shingles including strip asphalt, dimensional asphalt, and premium asphalt. Three tab or strip shingles are expected to look like slate and are usually single layered, they are also the lightest weight shingle and carry the least warranty. Dimensional asphalt shingles are usually multi layered with a thicker and richer appearance to give a multi- dimensional look. As opposed to strip shingles, dimensional shingles are usually heavier and carry a better warranty, the…show more content… Depending on where you live will depend on what type of roofing underlayment you will need to use. Roofing felt is around $ 16 a roll and covers approximately 216 square foot per roll, there is also ice and water shield underlayment that is around $144 a roll and covers approximately 225 square foot per roll. You will also need nails, drip edge, ridge cap and someone to install your new roof.
Depending on the quality of shingles that you have chosen to use to put a new roof on your home. You could be spending anywhere from around $4.50-7.50 a square foot. That means that a new roof could cost you anywhere from $ 18,000-29,000. The average life expectancy of a 3 tab shingle roof is about 15-18 years. Dimensional and premium shingles have a life expectancy of about 24-30 years. Here are a few factors that will also help determine the life expectancy of a shingle roof. The color of your shingles will help determine the life expectancy of your roof the darker the color the more heat your shingles absorb shortening the life expectancy. The angle or pitch of your roof will help determine the life expectancy of your shingles the higher the pitch the better the life expectancy of your shingles. If you have one or more layers of shingles, the quality of the product, the quality of the installation and attic ventilation will also help determine the life expectancy of your roof. Trees near your home with branches rubbing on the roof and leafs being collected