A Guide to Shingles and Roofing Options: Asph

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    A Guide to Shingles and Roofing Options: Asphalt Shingles

    5/13/2019

    Guide to Asphalt ShinglesWhen it comes time to remodel your home or replace your roof, it is easy to become overwhelmed with choices. There has never been so many options for your roof.

    While you can work with the contractor or builder to select the right roof for your home, nothing can ever replace doing your homework before a project starts. In this series, we’ll be covering some of the options out there for your roof. 

    With the latest advancements in material technology, no guide can ever cover every possible option. Our goal is to give you a strong background, so you can make a decision on your new roof with confidence. 

    What are Asphalt Shingles?

    Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular, and widely used, roofing materials in America. 

    Around 1925, as America moved from the traditional wood shingle, the asphalt shingle rapidly gained in popularity, mainly due to how inexpensive and easy it was to produce and install. 

    This shingle uses asphalt for waterproofing. A mix of slate granules or another material like mica, slate, shells, silica, or clay is added to the shingle for durability. Other materials or designs are added to improve impact resistance or prevent wind damage.

    Types of Asphalt Shingles

    There are several types of asphalt shingles to choose from. 

    Organic shingles use a base material like wood fiber or paper, with a covering of asphalt or other materials. These shingles are more prone to fire damage, but offer greater durability to cold temperatures. Please note that older organic shingles may contain asbestos. 

    Fiberglass shingles use fiberglass to replace asbestos in the shingle. Additional materials are added to improve water resistance. These shingles are also fire resistance. Today, most asphalt shingles use fiberglass. 

    Architectural shingles are thicker and stronger than standard asphalt shingles. They can vary in shape and design, and last longer than other shingles.

    3-Tab shingles have a flat, uniform shape making them easy to install. They use less material, are lighter and less costly than other shingle options, but are less resistant to damage and have a shorter lifespan.

    A Final Word on Asphalt Shingles

    Today, asphalt shingles continue to be one of the most popular roofing options, though they are not as dominant in the market as they once were. For most projects, and even most home designs, there will be an asphalt shingle option available.

    Talk to your builder, contractor or consultant today about your requirements, and ask about specialty asphalt shingle options for your project.

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