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Shingles in UAE have long been one of the most popular roof choices. Since they are versatile and stylish, accessible and beautiful, they might seem a roof without problems. Although roof shingles are cheaper than roof tiles and they are lighter, but in this article we are going to mention their issues too – especially shingles in UAE and other warm areas. At the same time we introduce better roofing materials, too. Because there are some good alternatives to shingle roofing sheets.
Shingles are the common types of building roof constructions. They have different styles and colors and are placed as overlapping tiles. Shingles are laid in rows that starts from bottom to the top of the roof. The most common asphalt shingles are flat, rectangular and hexagonal. Shingles are made of different materials. Such as: asphalt, fiberglass, rubber, clay, cedar, slate, etc.
Shingles in UAE and other warm or tropical areas may be damaged more quickly due to extreme heat. In this article you will know a new generation of roof sheets that are called cool roofers and specifically designed for hot areas.
Organic shingles or fiberglass shingles? Which one is a better shingle in UAE?
Asphalt shingles are categorized in 2 groups:
Organic & fiberglass shingles.
While asphalt shingles are installed with a wood mat, the other type has fiberglass.
Organic/Asphalt shingles Pros & Cons
Fiberglass Shingles Advantages
Fiberglass Shingles Disadvantages
What effect does heat have on shingles in UAE? High temperature can speed up the deterioration of shingles – as in Dubai, UAE. In high heat shingles can crack and split easily. When shingles crack, moisture can penetrate the layers and completely damage the tiles.
Besides sun light, strong wind – that happens periodically in UAE – can also damage the roof – as it can lift the shingles and tear them off. You may have to replace them with new roof sheets earlier than expected.
Granule loss – it is when the particles on the surface of asphalt shingles start to shed. Why is it not good? Because these particles are there to give the tiles color and texture. They also give the shingles resistance against fire.
So UV exposure, water or damp can easily wear them out.
So no granule, no protection and beauty for the shingle tiles; hence higher price you need to pay for repairing and maintenance.
If you chose to install asphalt shingles for your roof, you have a variety of choices. There are 3 types of asphalt roof shingles in UAE:
What is the most popular type of roof shingles?
Asphalt shingles are the most common material for roof shingles in UAE. They have lower price and are easy to install. Luxury or premium asphalt shingles are more durable – as they are thicker. So if they are installed by qualified contractors, they may last longer.
How much is shingles roof?
As you can see below: Asphalt shingles have the cheaper price among other types of shingles.
The shingle roof prices with different material – per square foot.
Asphalt = $100
Wood= $450 – $650
Clay= $400 – $12,000
Metal= $300 – $450
As for the installation cost: the price is at least 60% of total cost of the project. For instance if your roof project is $10,000, the labor cost would be $6,000 or more.
Cost of roof Shingles in UAE – like other parts of the world depends usually on these factors such as:
Color of the tiles plays an import role in cooling the roofs. So what is the best roof color in hot climates? White color helps the roofs to stay coolest in the sun. It reflects up to 90% of sunlight. Hence it reduces the roof temperature and the energy bills. Besides, light colors for roofing can protect ozone layers. This can be applied to almost all types of roofs – in cold or hot weather.
Shingles in UAE need to be installed with more consideration. In the sense that they need good quality heat insulator layers compared to cold areas. In short, the steps are:
These are some of the best roof alternatives in hot climate:
UPVC sheets are best known for their cooling features – as cool roofs they are best for warm weather. Since they contain heat insulation in them, there would be no need for extra cost of additional thermal insulation. They do not let heat come in or coolness go out of the building, hence it saves energy bills.
Low thermal coefficient – this is the ratio of thermal expansion and shows how much it expands or transfer heat. UPVC roofs have very low conductivity as 0.325 w/m.k , while 3-tab asphalt shingles have a thermal conductivity of about 0.79 w/m-k. Obviously, the lower this ratio is, the better thermal insulator it will be.
Anti – UV – the PU layer on the upvc roofs and walls, keep it from UV harmful effect. Hence it lasts longer and their bright colors will not fade away easily. This is another important advantage of upvc roofing sheets compared to Shingles in UAE.
If you are still looking for roofing shingles suppliers in UAE, We suggest a better roof option for you – since warm weather will make the shingles brittle and dry out and reduce its life span.
Sepidfam Varna is the first Company in Iran that has manufactured uPVC roofs and claddings. These are the best building materials to cool the roofs in warm climates as in UAE.
We supply and ship our highest quality upvc roofs & wall claddings across Middle East- United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Armenia, etc.
For more information on our updated price list, and products please contact us:
Contact No: +98 912 962 9521
The most important drawbacks of shingles are: Curling – Granule loss – cracking – strong wind that can lift the tiles and tear them off.
Asphalt shingles curling has to do with moisture. Sometimes, moisture can get into the shingles during manufacturing process. But other times, it can accumulate in roof shingles over time due to poor insulation and ventilation.
In most cases, the best solution for the issues of shingles is to either repair or replace them. But it is expensive. So if you have not purchased them yet, we suggest you the best roof construction material called UPVC roof sheet – which we have mentioned its many advantages in hot climate earlier.
The average lifespan of shingles is 25 years – Asphalt shingles life expectancy is less than this, of course. But in hot weather like Emirates the high temperature asphalt shingles will age more quickly. Therefore their lifespan will reduce to average of 15 years.
UPVC roof materials do a lot more than keeping the heat off of your roof. It is the best roof replacement for traditional shingles – due to their excellent features such as: heat insulation, fire proof, lightweight, low price, low maintenance, diversity of colors, etc.
Besides trapezoidal roof sheets, we also offer UPVC eco-panels, Shingles, Polylines, slates and wall cladding tiles. They are usually manufactured in 2 and 4 layers.
· Effective width is 100 cm
· Wave height is 4 cm
· The length will be up to 12 meter (according to the client’s choice).
· The Thickness is between 1/5 mm to 5 mm.
· Purlin distances depend on project conditions but normally they are:
80 cm for 2 mm thickness and 100 cm for 2.5 mm thickness.
Poultry farming, cattle sheds, warehouses and industrial sheds, food & chemical industry, car shelters, shades and awnings, villas and houses, sport halls, etc.