If you are considering the installation of asphalt shingles on a new building or thinking of having a roof replacement, you have definitely come to the right place for advice and professional service.
Asphalt shingles are still the no.1 preferred roofing option in the U.S. to date. They account for over 70% of all residential, sloped and single home roofs across the nation. Most people love them because they are affordable, easy to install and come in a wide variety of colors.
Plus, they have a relatively long lifespan and can be recycled.
Because you are here, you are most likely weighing your options on whether to choose asphalt shingles or another roofing option. Here is what you need to know about asphalt shingles to help you make the right decision:
Types of Asphalt Shingles
There are 3 primary types of asphalt shingles including:
• 3-tab shingles
• Dimensional/Architectural/Laminate shingles
• Luxury/Premium shingles
These shingles are the most basic and least expensive type of asphalt shingles present on the market. They are made from a durable fiberglass base and coated with mineral granules. They are lightweight and can last for 20+ years with proper maintenance. The shingles are a good option for homeowners on a budget, but they lack great aesthetic appeal as with dimensional or luxury shingles.
Dimensional asphalt shingles are the most popular option among the three types of asphalt shingles. They are made of two or more layers of shingles, making them extremely strong and durable. Most of these roofing materials have warrants of 30+ years. They also have a great aesthetic appeal and come in a wide range of colors to match your home’s exterior. However, they are more expensive than 3-tab shingles – generally around 20% more expensive.
These types of shingles are designed to look like cedar shake and natural slate roofs but at a fraction of their price. They are a great alternative to shakes and slates, with their multi-dimensional construction offering a beautiful blend of shadows and depths that make them look like real slates or shakes. They have extra layers that make them quite heavy (almost two times as heavy as a 3-tab shingle per square feet). This makes them best for use in areas prone to storms and hail.
Why use asphalt shingles for your roof?
Easy to install – Asphalt shingles are easy to fit when working with the right roof installation company.
Very versatile – The shingles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and designs, making it possible for you to have a wide selection to choose from to satisfy your tastes and décor.
Offer great protection against elements – A well-installed asphalt shingle roof will protect your home against harsh weather elements like hail and storms for several decades.
Enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal – Asphalt shingles will help you accentuate your home’s exterior décor and make it pop out.
Regulate your home’s temperature – If you live in a hot region such as Florida and Texas, asphalt shingles made of lighter colors or with highly reflective granules can help you reduce the amount of heat that reaches your attic or home. So, you’ll need less air conditioning.
There are many more benefits of asphalt shingles, but there also exists some cons. Contact us today to learn more about asphalt shingles or get an estimate for your project. You can trust our 20+ years experience in this industry!