Roofing 101

Here are eight quick facts that everyone in the market for a roof replacement or repair should keep in mind.

  • White shingles (as well as Energy Star rated shingles offered by most manufacturers) keep your roof cool by reflecting sunlight. Other than this, there are no particular benefits for a chosen shingle color.
  • Make sure that you know your Home Repair Consumer Rights. Have any contractor that you plan to use review and sign this agreement that ensures that you are treated fairly and respectfully.
  • The National Roofing Contractor's Association recommends standard underlayment installation for roofs with a 4/12 pitch or greater. If you know your roof to be less steep than this, ask your contractor what they plan to do to meet NRCA underlayment recommendations.
  • The average roof will last 20-25 years. Regular inspections are a good idea if your roof is more than 20 years old.
  • Proper attic ventilation is of the utmost importance to the health of your roof. If attic ventilation is  installed incorrectly, condensation will warp the decking of your roof in the winter. Your roof will also run the risk of overheating in the summer, causing your shingles to deteriorate at an accelerated rate if your attic is not properly ventilated.
  • Shingle algae, though aesthetically displeasing, does not challenge the structural integrity of your roof. Thiel Roofing offers a service to clean off roof algae.
  • In the past 10-15 years, organic shingles have been extremely popular. However, shingles using the organic material have proved faulty, and there is an ongoing class action lawsuit against CertainTeed, one of the most popular manufacturers of organic shingles. If you know you have CertainTeed organic shingles, click on this link to start your claim and call Thiel Roofing to discuss options for your roof.
  • There are primarily three types of shingles used on roofs: Architectural (laminated shingle), Premium Architectural (premium laminated shingle), and three-tab (strip shingle).

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453 Dancer Ln.

Oswego, IL 60543


Phone: 630 554-1994

Fax: 630 554-1996


Thiel Roofing LLC, Roofing Contractors, Oswego, IL

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