There are many roofing types out there. However, it’s clear that asphalt shingles are the most popular. When you drive around town, most homes and many businesses have asphalt shingles, and this is for good reason. This popular roofing material has many benefits.
What Are Asphalt Shingles?
Asphalt shingles are made starting with a base material of either organic felt or a glass-fiber mat that gives support for the asphalt, fillers, and surfacing materials that compose the top layer of the shingle. These shingle granules provide fire resistance and protection from UV degradation and impact.
Most commonly, asphalt shingles come in the form of strip shingles. These are rectangular and most typically 12″ wide by 36″ long. Strip shingles have three tabs that give the effect of more, smaller shingles.
Beauty and Versatility
Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of colors and textures. You can match the color and design of your home, and the shingles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition, you can find asphalt shingles that look like wood, cedar, or slate. You can get the look you want without the hefty price tag.
Asphalt shingles are affordable and cost effective. There are many pricing options, allowing you to choose a basic shingle for the most value or one that’s at the higher end. You have many choices so that you can stick to your budget.
Asphalt shingles have been used in North America for more than 100 years. This product has a long life expectancy and is an ideal weight. It’s not too heavy and not too light. Asphalt shingles are durable and offer excellent uplift and fire resistance. Homeowners with this type of roofing material also experience fewer leak problems.
If you opt for a class 4 shingle, you will get many added performance benefits. These include protection from cracking or splitting because of large hail and excellent wind performance. In addition, you can receive insurance discounts for upgrading to a class 4, impact-resistant shingle.
Asphalt shingles are easy to install, and there are numerous qualified installers available. Plus, materials are easy to find, and there is no need for ice stops. Here are the basic steps for asphalt shingle installation:
- Remove old roofing shingles.
- Apply the waterproof membrane.
- Install the flash edging.
- Place the starter strip.
- Install the shingles, starting from the lower left-hand corner of the roof and working upward.
- Cover the shingles with a ridge cap shingle.
Low Maintenance and Easy to Repair
Repairs on asphalt roofs are simple. This can save you money because regular maintenance and making repairs when needed will help your roof last longer.
Maintenance is also easy. Here’s what you can do to keep your asphalt roof in top shape:
- Do regular housekeeping. This includes routine cleaning, clearing, and tidying the roof and related components. Regularly clear debris from the roof and cut away vegetation that overhangs the roof to prevent debris in the first place and to protect your roof from falling branches. When removing debris and cleaning, also pay attention to your vents, downspouts, skylights, and chimneys. Remember, roofs are dangerous. If you have any qualms about doing roof cleaning yourself, hire a professional.
- Regularly inspect your roof. Once it’s all clean, look for any potential problems. If you see anything concerning, call a professional. Doing a small repair before a problem gets too big will protect your structure and save you money. Replace or repair any missing or buckled shingles as soon as possible. Also, repair flashing, gutters, and downspouts when necessary to protect the roof.
- Keep records for roofing replacements and repairs. This will be valuable information for you and in a potential home sale.
When shingles reach the end of their life, they can be recycled. Most major metro markets offer recycling services. When you are shopping around for a roofing contractor, ask about their recycling practices if this is important to you. Often, recycled shingles are used in paving, plus much of the scrap from the production process is recycled.
Questions About Asphalt Shingles? Ask an Expert.
If your home needs a new roof or repairs, contact us at Alpine Roofing Construction. We have been serving the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex for more than 20 years. We are experienced in both commercial and residential roofing and can offer asphalt roofing, including impact-resistant shingles.
Contact our team to discuss the different colors, designs, and performance options for asphalt roofing for your home or business. We can help you find the look you desire, and our expert team will take care of your installation needs. Contact us today!