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Bituminous shingles: what they are and when to use them

Bituminous shingles: what they are and when to use them


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The bituminous shingles usable for roofs are particular tiles made with a fiberglass core, which is passed on special rollers and, therefore, covered with hot bitumen. On the upper surface some colored stone granules with ceramic coating are then added: the compound is thus cut into the tiles of the desired size and shape. The result is, in fact, the bituminous shingle, resistant, practical to use and particularly advantageous.

We will talk about it in the next lines!

What bituminous shingles are used for

More and more often, even in Italy, it is done extensive use of bituminous shingles. To tell the truth, however, our country is certainly not a forerunner in this specific sector, considering that there are much more mature and consolidated markets in this sense such as those of North America and Northern Europe, where the use of this component is most appreciated. for the construction of commercial and industrial houses and buildings.

In short, even if in our country there is not yet a very frequent use of bituminous shingles, it should be stressed that these elements are becoming increasingly popular, especially for smaller applications such as garden sheds and wooden houses.

When can bituminous shingles be used

In principle, the bituminous shingles they can be used for many types of buildings. However, in order not to run into nasty surprises in the installation and maintenance phase, it is good that we share with the manufacturer everything that could influence the final outcome of their installation, and ensure that they are suitable for the use we aim for to reach.

For example, considering that the tiles will be affixed to the roof, it is good make sure the roof is covered entirely, in such a way that each strip of shingles can be safely laid on this surface. It is also good that the roof is strong and solid enough to bear the weight of the bituminous shingles, and therefore inspections are necessary to ascertain this in advance. In principle, wood-frame roofs are not suitable, unless they are sufficiently strengthened.

Another element that is worth sharing is that related toroof pitch. For most bituminous shingle applications, the roof pitch must be 15 degrees or more. They are therefore not suitable for installation on roofs with an inclination of less than 15 degrees due to possible water infiltrations. If the inclination of the roof is not high enough to allow rainwater to drain, the water can in fact stagnate on the roof and infiltrate its surface, with obvious consequences for the health of the lower areas.

In short, before buying the bituminous shingles… You need to be able to choose, with certainty, the ones suitable for your project. Some tiles are structured to resist better in windy areas, while others are very effective with low pitched roofs. Asking the supplier or installer for advice is certainly the best thing to do: you will get advice based on experience and knowledge of the sector, thus helping you concretely in choosing the right product.

Advantages of bituminous shingles

Now that we have clarified some characteristics of bituminous shingles and some of their uses, we can only conclude with a reference to their main ones advantages: bituminous shingles are convenient, quick and easy to assemble, thicker, more resistant and more durable than other types.

Let's see with you all the benefits in detail:

  • quick and easy to assemble: Traditional shingles may be difficult to fix on a roof and can take a long time if you are not a professional. On the other hand, bituminous shingles are much faster and easier to assemble (for example, here we talked about how to assemble Portuguese tiles);
  • resistance and longevity: different forms of economic roofing have a poor durability, but this is not true for bituminous shingles, whose life expectancy is at least 10 years (much depends obviously on external factors);
  • value for money: bituminous shingles, for the same quantity, have significantly lower costs than other types of shingles;
  • low maintenance: there is no need to clean them or paint them with antifungal treatments. There will be no visible deterioration;
  • aesthetics: Bituminous shingles are available in different designs and colors so you can find the right one for you!

In short, many benefits that are just waiting to be enjoyed on your coverage. Doesn't that seem like enough reasons to get to know these tiles better?


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