Frequently Asked Questions - About roofing shingles

Roofing shingles are the most aesthetical roofing materials used across the world today.

What are roofing shingles?

Shingles are the most aesthetical roofing materials used across the world today.

How many types of roofing shingles are available?

Different brand names of shingles are available but there are mainly two types of shingles; These are:

  • Strip shingles, which consists of only one layer and
  • Laminated shingles, also known as architectural shingleswhich consists of multi-layers.

These two types of shingles are available in many exciting colors, weight and shape.

What are the stones on shingles called?

These little pebbles are called granules. They are bits of stone cut to reflect light and heat away from the roof, preserving the asphalt underneath. They also give the roof its color and aesthetic appeal.

Do roofing shingles leak?

Roofing shingles are 100 % waterproof and with the right workmanship, shingles roofs do not leak. Water typically comes in through worn, broken, or missing shingles; where nails have worked loose; or through poorly sealed roof flashing around vents, skylights, or chimneys or along the intersections of roof planes.

How long do roofing shingles last?

With proper installation and high-quality roofing shingles, you will get up to 30 years of product guarantee.

Do roofing shingles fade?

No, Roofing Shingles do not fade. REXE roofing shingles are not painted and thus do not fade. The color is that of natural stone chips which remains for the lifetime of the product.

A shingles roof may look different sometimes due to dust but after the rains the dust disappears.

Can shingles be used on low pitched roofs?

Low pitched roofs are considered to be roofs with a minimum pitch or slope of less than 20 degrees. Our laminated shingles having gone through vigorous innovation and testing can be used on roof pitch as low as 9 degrees.

Will my shingles roof be hot?

All shingles roof MUST be properly ventilated to ensure heat and vapour generated by human presence is dissipated. We offer approved ventilators which are installed during the roof installation process.

Are shingles noisy when it rains?

REXE roofing shingles are highly rated as noise resistant. This is because they do not contain a metal base, additionally, shingles have a decking that also acts as a good sound barrier.

Are roofing shingles fire resistant?

Yes, REXE roofing shingles are fire resistant, the fire rating reaction stands at class E and external fire performance is Broof (T1)

How much does it cost to roof using shingles?

To estimate the shingles required for your roof, you calculate the roof area then divide by the area that each bundle covers. 

Why should I choose REXE roofing shingles?

They are weather resistance and have been tested to resist extreme sunshine, heat, wind and water making them the highest in quality rating.

Our shingles are available in a wide range of colours, shapes which will be ideal for your project whether it is modern, contemporary or traditional, we have a style to suite each design.

Do you have any reference projects?

Bitumen or asphalt roof shingles are now the leading choice for both residential and commercial projects in Kenya, notable projects such as The Hub Karen shopping mall, Brookhouse Schools-Runda, Mt. Kenya wildlife Estate, Peponi House Preparatory School, Giraffe Centre among other notable projects have used our roofing shingles.

Do you offer installation services for shingles roofs?

We have a team of trained in house roof installers who will ensure that they maintain high quality roofing practice standards without any compromise. We also offer workmanship guarantees ranging from 10-15 years.

Why is underlayment necessary when installing roofing shingles?

Roof Underlayment is designed as an extra (secondary) waterproof protection for your shingles roof which keeps the roof decking dry and safe

Do I need an APP membrane when using roofing shingles?

No, we have a special light weight and economical underlay for protection of the shingle decking armourbase eco which is completely water tight.

What are roofing shingles fixed on?

Shingles can be fixed on a nailable concrete screed or a firm decking such as our OSB boards which have a high moisture resistance rating. The minimum thickness should be 12mm. The wooden decking can be fixed on a timber support structure or a light gauge steel structure.

What kind of nails do I need when installing a shingles roof?

Corrosion resistant nails are the only approved method of fixing shingles on a wooded decking with a head diameter of 10 mm and 20-25mm length.

Special concrete nails are also available when fixing shingles on a nailable concrete slab.

Do not use staples to fix shingles as trying to save money by using the wrong fastener will cost you more in the future repairing the entire roof.

Nails can be made of:

  • Aluminum.
  • Copper.
  • Stainless steel, or.
  • Galvanized steel (zinc-coated)

Do shingles require any kind of maintenance?

With proper installation and high-quality roofing shingles, shingles require little to no maintenance.

Can I harvest water from my shingles roof?

Yes. REXE roofing shingles do not contain any harmful chemicals or asbestos. This means that you can collect water for domestic use, we however recommend that the water be filtered to get rid of naturally occurring impurities.

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