Introduction to Shingle Insulation
In this article, we will discuss the method of covering sloping roofs. Have you ever read anything about shingle insulation? Owing to its unique features, this type of sloping roof covering is receiving attention from designers, engineers, and customers in the construction industry. To learn more about this style, we read this article to the end.
History of Shingles
This type of sloping roof cover is a combination of mineral granules and polymer tar connected to each other by a glass network. For more than a century, shingles have been employed in the United States and for several decades in European countries to protect structures from the effects of storms, heavy rainfall, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. In 1901, cotton rags, organic materials, wool, and wood were used in the United States to insulate buildings with shingles. With the advancement of shingle durability, fiberglass shingles were developed in 1960 and asphalt shingles in 1990, which continue to be available in numerous styles, colors, and varieties.
Application of Shingles
In addition to the high resistance of this type of sloping roof covering, shingles can be considered a suitable choice from an aesthetic perspective. Therefore, shingle insulation is used to cover the sloping roofs of luxurious villas, residential complexes, sheds, gazebos, and commercial or administrative buildings. The long lifespan of shingles against moisture or severe storms is due to the presence of tar in their structure, as well as their high physical resistance to severe impacts and the resistance of this type of insulation to color change due to sunlight over time due to the use of granules in the manufacturing process.
The vapor barrier layer is a helpful tool for providing a high-quality covering for sloped roofs using shingle insulation. This layer acts as insulation and prevents water from entering the roof, which increases the lifespan of the building insulation and reduces the possibility of roof rotting and freezing pipes.
Before installing the final layer of shingle insulation on a sloped roof, a sub-shingle fabric cover was used to seal the roof, which was lightweight and easy to install. The variety of shingle models available in the market, such as bricks, staircases, honeycombs, and mosaics, has significantly impacted the popularity of this type of roof covering.
The three most popular and best-selling shingles in the market are Shingle Master, Premium Shingle, and Euro Polymeric Shingle. The Shingle Master has eight color ranges, is highly resistant, and has a natural effect on building facades. Premium shingles have various shapes and colors that are suitable for buildings with sloped roofs. Euro Polymeric shingles are of high quality and durability, with various subcategories, such as Chalet shingle, Forest shingle, and Versailles shingle, which have unique designs.
Comparison of Shingles with other insulation materials
Various methods, such as the use of gravel sheets, clay tiles, slate sheets, metal sheets, and PVC sheets, have been considered for covering the roofs of buildings. However, each of these methods has disadvantages (such as high weight, high cost, and limited durability); therefore, the use of a shingle covering, considering its longer lifespan, lower weight, ease of installation, lower implementation cost, and most importantly, its high resistance to natural or physical damage compared to other methods, has become increasingly popular.
The lightweight of shingle covering significantly increases its mobility and speed of use. The thin shingle sheet consisted of five layers. The components of these layers are as follows:
First layer: This layer, which is made up of gravel, is the outermost layer of the shingle and places its final form on the display.
Second layer: This layer was covered with tar.
Third layer: This layer, which has a fiberglass covering, provides the strength necessary for the shingle.
Fourth layer: A heat adhesive was used to glue the shingle sheets in this layer.
Fifth layer: This layer, which is made of silicone, is very strong, and is the final layer of the shingle.
In this section of the writing on shingle insulation, we explain the most important factors that persuade you to use this type of covering for sloping roofs.
Shingle covering provides the possibility of walking on the roof of a building when necessary, such as for repairs.
It is a suitable insulator against outdoor noise pollution and prevents the exchange of external and internal temperatures in the building.
The shingle covering can be used in any geographical area or season.