Hawaii's most popular roof type

Shingle tile roofs are the most popular roof system in Hawaii for many good reasons. They are affordable, easy to install, versatile and very nice looking. Unfortunately, their downfall is that the blazing Hawaiian sun dries them out and they become brittle and can tear off easily causing leaks.


Luckily, there is a simple solution you can do yourself! Never re-roof, simply coat your roof with high performance, waterproof and reflective coatings.


Shingle roof can accept many types of coatings from silicone to acrylic, some of which can be tinted in over 36 different colors to bring new life to your home.


Look around, most roofs in your neighborhood are Asphalt Shingles (also called Composition Shingles.) There’s a good reason for their success. They are moderately priced and perform very well when properly installed. They are usually classified by the length of their Material Warranties: Lifetime, 50 year, 30 year, 20 year. The longer the Warranty—the heavier the shingle will weight.



Life, 50, 30 years for Material

LeakMaster's Opinion

The Architect 80 has been a huge success in Hawaii for decades. They keep improving their warranties, especially against high winds. Do not count on the government or even your insurance company, to bail you out if the next hurricane decides to hits Oahu directly, instead of Kaui. Go for the highest wind rating you can afford.

The algae warranties are really important in Hawaii , because nothing makes your roof looks dingy like a buch of streaky mildew. Plus it eats away at your protective granules and lowers the life of your roof. And it makes your home hot in the summer. Be wise.

  • The Asphalt Shingle (also known as Composition Shingle) is perhaps the most popular sloped roof of all time in the United States. It’s low cost, easy installation, and it’s ability to be walked on without breaking make it well loved.
  • The heavier versions of the shingle have good wind uplift ratings when they are first installed. Over time they become brittle, due to the sun’s UV exposure, and can blow off. They can, however, be preserved with a waterproof Roof Coating, such as Hawaiian SunGuard.
  • The look can be quite dramatic when you go for the higher end Presidential or Grand Manor shingles.
  • Your roof will look like everyone else’s in your neighborhood. Is that a bad thing?
  • These roofs can be very hot in the summer. Be sure to install some solar roof vents to comply with the Manufacturer’s requirements for their longest Warranties.
  • There costs have risen with increased oil prices worldwide.
Frequent Asked Shingle Questions

Q: How can I protect my shingle roof from high wind damage?

A: For long lasting resistance we recommend installing roof coatings. We can also install a termination bar to reinforce the bottom row of your shingle roof.

Q: Which is best for my shingle roof, Silicone or Acrylic Roof Coatings?

A: Silicone roof coatings are best for low pitch roofs under 4:12-6:12. Otherwise choose an Acrylic coating.

Q: What are the bestselling shingles?

A: The top brands we recommend would be Certainteed, Malarky, Landmark, Pro Shake, GAF Timberland and Owen’s Corning.

Q: Can I coat Wood Shake?

A: No. However, it is recommended to have your Wood shake roof oiled every 10 years.

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Do it yourself

Applying a roof coating is one of the most cost effective way to lower your energy bills and patch any leaks on your roof. The best part is, anyone can do it themselves and if weather permits, it can be done over one weekend

Roof Shingles Repair

Step 1

Clean and let your roof dry completely! We suggest using a mild organic cleaner and a pressure washer if available, if not a hose and hard bristled brush should get the job done.

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Step 2

Reinforce and seal any weak areas or cracks in the roof. We recommend a water based roof repair sealant, such as APOC 264 to plug up any key ways, holes or loose shingles.

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Step 3

Prime according to product instructions. Make sure to follow instructions for shingle roofs. Do not apply if it is expected to rain within 4-5 hours of application. Let prime cure for 48 hours to 5 days.

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Step 4

Once roof is primed, again making sure it is dry, apply desired top coat according to product instructions. There are many options with many benefits. Do not apply if it expected to rain within 1-2 hours.

Your newly coated roof should last for many years if applied properly.

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