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ASPHALT SHINGLES

If you’re choosing asphalt shingles, you certainly aren’t in the minority. It’s estimated in the U.S. that over 70% of single-family homes utilize asphalt shingles.

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The Pros of Asphalt Shingles:

  • EASE OF USE: Asphalt shingle installation usually relies on a single layer of shingle and can even be installed over existing shingles in some instances. Roof installs tend to take far less time when using asphalt due to this relative ease of installation.
  • DURABILITY: The estimated life of asphalt shingles can range between 25 and 50 years. While not the most durable of shingle options, the low cost of asphalt shingle installation tends to outweigh the benefits of longer protection that other shingles might provide.
  • SELECTION: Asphalt shingles offer varying color and style options that allow a homeowner to get customized with the appearance of their roof.

The Cons of Asphalt Shingles:

  • MAINTENANCE: Strong winds and extreme heat can impact the integrity of asphalt shingles as years and seasons pass. Over time, asphalt shingles can see their color fade. Cracking, tearing and blistering can also occur as the shingles expand and contract.
  • NOT ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Asphalt shingles aren’t very recyclable as they are comprised of petroleum and fiberglass. If you’re an environmentally-conscious homeowner, this might not be the option for you.
  • LOW INSULATION POTENTIAL: Something to consider as you decide on (or against) asphalt shingles is their lack of insulation potential. Almost all other roofing options provide greater insulation vs. asphalt.

Types of Asphalt Shingles:

  • STRIP or ‘3-TAB’: This is the most basic form of asphalt shingles. A single layer of asphalt, this option weighs less and costs less than other asphalt shingles. 3-tab shingles are commonly referred to as ‘simply strips’ due to the ease of installation and the fact that they are a single layer roofing option. 3-tab strip shingles are regarded as the most affordable option currently on the market.
  • DIMENSIONAL/ARCHITECTURAL: Also known as “laminate” shingles, dimensional shingles are the most commonly used asphalt option. This option is created using a fused, 2-layer build (sometimes, even more than 2 layers) and are a thicker and stronger option vs. strip shingles. They also usually have the benefit of carrying better warranty options due to their improved build.
  • LUXURY: If there was a Rolls Royce option for asphalt shingles, luxury shingles would carry that claim to fame. Built with high-quality laminate and improved weather protection, luxury shingles also feature a more attractive appearance. If you’re looking for that “classic slate” look to your roof, luxury shingles are your best asphalt option.

Maintenance of Asphalt Shingles:

Maintenance of asphalt shingles can be a bit of a crapshoot. How often you may have to maintain them can depend on how severe the weather can get where you live. While there should be minimal maintenance of asphalt shingles, you’ll need to keep an eye on the flashing. If flashing on asphalt shingles comes loose or is compromised, water can seep through and cause potential damage. In time, algae and moss can potentially grow on asphalt shingles, so the possibility of having to replace some can exist down the road. However, most manufacturers have included compounds to reduce the growth.

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