Asphalt Roofing Shingles – What You Need to Know


Asphalt Roof Shingles – The Roofer’s Choice

Did you know that asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing materials used for homes in the U.S.? In fact, the majority of homes have this type of roof installed and roofers love them.

While your home may have asphalt shingles, you may not know too much about them. Interesting information about the asphalt shingles on your roof can be found here.

What are Asphalt Shingles Made Out of?

Despite what many people think, asphalt shingles aren’t made of asphalt all the way through. Instead, they consist of a base made out of felt paper or fiberglass that is coated with a waterproof layer of asphalt and then topped with colored, ceramic granules.

Since asphalt shingles were first introduced in the 1980s, the most popular base has been fiberglass. That’s because it is lighter and more affordable, while still lending enough strength and additional fire protection.

What Types of Asphalt Shingles are Available?

Asphalt shingles are sold as either architectural or three-tab shingles. The three-tab options are designed to look like three different shingles, even though it is a single piece. These are simple to install, affordable and a popular option.

The architectural shingles are made with another layer of asphalt, which provides more dimension and lets them look like bulkier roofing products, such as slate or wood. Both shingle options are available in a variety of colors, so they can suit any home design.

Are Modern Asphalt Shingles Eco-Friendly?

Even though the older style asphalt shingles with a felt paper backing contained recycled paper, the high amount of asphalt used makes them less eco-friendly options. However, there are some manufacturers that are now offering the fiberglass shingles that incorporate new features, including solar reflective asphalt, which can help prevent the rays of the sun from heating up the building.

How Long Will Asphalt Shingles Last?

There are several factors that can affect the life and longevity of asphalt shingles, including roof pitch, weather, installation and the overall quality of the shingle. If you shop around, you will likely find warranties that last anywhere between 15 and 30 years. On an average, you can expect around 20 years life for modern asphalt shingles in normal weather conditions.

Signs Asphalt Shingles Need to Be Replaced

If you notice any of the issues listed below, then you need to consult with a roof professional. Some of the signs of a problem include:

  • Buckled or curled shingles
  • Cracked shingles
  • Missing or lifted shingles
  • Ceramic granules that have accumulated in the gutters or downspouts

Getting to know about your asphalt shingles is the best way to know what they offer, and if they are a good option for your roof.

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