We all live in a home with a roof over our heads. But how much thought do you put into that roof that shelters you from the hail storm, the rain, the snow, and the wind day-in and day-out? When was the last time you actually looked at your roof? We mean really looked at your roof? The roof, while one of the most important pieces to the structure of your home, is often overlooked until a leak happens. Let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, we here at Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists in Gainesville prefer it be that way. After all, a roof’s job is to protect you, and you shouldn’t have to worry about it when you’re celebrating your daughter’s 10th birthday.

If you take a look at your roof, odds are it’s a shingle roof. A shingle roof is distinguishable by its overlapping pieces that are usually rectangular in shape. But how exactly is a shingle made? And why does it work so well? Brett Hayse is the best local roofing company in Gainesville. We offer residential and multi-family roof installation and repair. In this blog post, we’ll take a hard look at what makes a shingle, well, a shingle. Contact us today for a free roof estimate!


Shingles today harken back to ancient times when roofs were made out of whatever local building material was available, such as sod or grass. However, roofing shingles are much more sophisticated today, made to last longer and be fire-resistant. That being said, roofing shingles are still in essence wood that has been treated.

Wood shingles are usually cut from red cedar or pine trees and treated with chemicals to make them fire-resistant. Shingles can be made from all materials, including metal, copper, wood, and asphalt. Asphalt shingles are what covers approximately 80 percent of the home in the United States. Asphalt as a building material has been around since ancient times. However, asphalt shingles as a roofing material exploded in the 1920s due to their characteristic light weight, comparatively low cost, ease of installation, and low maintenance requirements.

Most roofing shingles are rectangular in shape and may have cutouts that form tabs, which can then interlock with smaller shingles. These interlocking shingles create a more wind-resistant roof. Today, asphalt shingles are typically composite shingles. These shingles are usually a combination of several commonly used roofing materials, such as fiberglass, recycled paper products, and asphalt, which creates a stronger roofing material.

Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists is a Top-Rated roofing contractor in the Atlanta area. We’ll inspect your roof when you’re too busy celebrating life beneath. We use only the highest-quality roofing materials, including the asphalt shingle, to make your roof shine. Available in a variety of materials, colors, and styles, asphalt roofing shingles will complement your home and exterior. We specialize in residential and multi-family roofing repair and installation as well as roof financing. We also perform roofing maintenance services, such as leak repairs and gutter repairs. When you take care of your roof, your roof will take care of you. Contact us today for a free roofing inspection!