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Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Asphalt shingle
roofing is the most common roofing material because it is economical
and easily repaired. Nearly 4/5s of American homes have asphalt
shingle roofs. They work well on steeply sloped roofs and resist the
effects of weather and sunlight.

Asphalt
shingles come in two types—composition and fiberglass. The
composition shingles are made of wood and paper fibers into organic
felt. Fiberglass shingles are manmade, but are also more
fire-resistant than the composition shingles. Fiberglass roofing
shingles are also resistant to tearing and last longer.

Both
types are soaked in asphalt, which embeds mineral granules into the
shingles. The coating asphalt provides has weatherproofing qualities. The
mineral granules protect the shingles from the sun’s
ultraviolet rays and give the shingles color and added protection
against fire. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of weights; the
heavier the shingle, the longer they last. You can also buy shingles
that are plated in zinc to protect against algae build-up.

Because
of their flexibility and strength, asphalt roofing shingles may be
utilized on a variety of roofing styles. It is available in many
appealing colors, shapes and dimensional depths that provide a bold
and exciting appearance. The wide range of products introduced
recently offers more flexibility of appearance than is available in
other roofing materials. Asphalt roofing works with most
architectural styles, including contemporary, modern or traditional.

Roofing
problems become evident when there are leaks and drips. Another sign
that your shingles need replacing is when these granules begin to
wash away. Shingles can tear off when subjected to high winds,
especially when they are old and brittle. Various extremes in weather
can cause cracking and curling over time.

The negatives
associated with asphalt shingle roofing are mainly durability issues,
especially in warmer climates. They are a good choice is you are
seeking a fairly standard no-frills roof, with low maintenance, a
good price and a decent service life of 20 years or more.

Nearly four-fifths of American homes have asphalt shingle roofs, making it one of the most popular roofing materials available. Asphalt works for a variety of roofing styles as well as a plethora of architectural styles—and might just be the perfect solution for your own home. Here is some more information.

Costs

An asphalt shingle roof costs between $1 and $4 per square foot, including installation. This would cost between $1,700 and $8,400 for a ranch-style home that’s about 1,700-2,100 square feet. Because the cost fluctuates so much, it’s best to get a couple price quotes from a licensed roofer and go from there.

Pros

Asphalt shingle roofing is economical and easily repaired.

Works well on a variety of roofing styles and is available in many colors, shapes, and dimensional depths.

Asphalt shingles are great at resisting the effects of weather and sunlight.

Cons

Asphalt shingles are not as durable in warmer climates.

Tend to attract mildew and moss.

Asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan than other roofing materials.

Durability

Asphalt shingles can be relatively durable in the right climate, preferably somewhere that doesn’t get too warm. This material has an expected service life of about 20 years.

Maintenance

Since asphalt shingles tend to collect mildew and moss, it’s important to routinely check the roof and perform proper maintenance. If you find that your roof is plagued by moss and algae, you can have zinc or lead control strips installed. In addition, it’s important to check for loose shingles and keep gutters free and clear of debris that can compromise the quality of your roof.

Common Questions and Answers

What are the signs that shingles need to be replaced or repaired?

Roofing problems become evident when there are leaks and drips. Another sign that your shingles need replacing is when these granules begin to wash away. Shingles can tear of

What is the difference between the two types of asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles come in two types—composition and fiberglass. The composition shingles are made of wood and paper fibers turned into organic felt. Fiberglass shingles are manmade, but are also more fire-resistant than the composition shingles. F

History

While asphalt was being imported in large quantities in the 1880’s from Trinidad, it wasn’t until 1903 that Harry M. Reynolds pushed the idea of shaping asphalt into shingles making it a viable roofing option.

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