Asphalt shingles are probably the most common material used in residential roofing in America today. It has been estimated that around 80% of American homes have asphalt shingle roofs.
But what exactly are asphalt shingles? Asphalt shingles are asphalt-saturated bases made from either organic materials or fiberglass. The organic shingles are a combination of waste paper, asphalt, salt coatings and ceramic granules, whereas the fiberglass shingles are made from glass fiber coated in asphalt and minerals such as mica, schist, quartz, slate, ceramic, or stone. The asphalt and mineral coatings are responsible for the shingles’ waterproof and fireproof features.
Asphalt shingles are commonly cut in the “three-tab” pattern but they can also be found in many different shapes, styles and colors.
Asphalt shingles are a very popular roofing material for many reasons but are they the best option for you and your home? We unpack some of the advantages and disadvantages of asphalt shingle roofing.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most affordable roofing material on the market. They’re quick and easy to install and when installed correctly and properly maintained they can last for about 25-30 years.
The shingles are also really easy to tear down, repair or replace if need be. One of the things that make them really affordable is that they don’t require any special tools or accessories in order to install them, such as roof edges, vent flashings or wall terminations.
Their versatility opens them up to a range of different shapes, styles and colors, allowing you to style them as you please for your desired aesthetic. The shingles are waterproof and fireproof, adding that extra protection to your home in case of any emergencies. They also work well on homes with steep, sloping structures and are pretty compatible with most roof types. Another great feature is that the mineral granules on the shingles help to deflect harmful, roof-damaging UV rays.
Due to the asphalt shingles being pretty lightweight they can sometimes be susceptible to wind damage. Strong winds have been known to lift or tear these shingles off pretty easily.
While they are the most affordable option, tile, metal and slate roofs are perhaps more durable and have a longer lifespan. Excess moisture and heat can shorten the lifespan of the asphalt shingles. The damaging of these shingles can expose your roof structure to the elements thus further damaging it. Excess moisture can also lead to the growth of moss and vegetation on your roof which may block water from running off your roof.
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This article is part of our ‘Residential/ Steep Slope Materials’ Series. Learn more about:
- Asphalt Composite Shingles
- Metal Roofing
- Wood/ Cedar Roofing
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