Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material used on residential projects. They have been the leading roofing materials since the early 1900s. In fact, today, over 80% of residential roofs are made from asphalt shingles.
Asphalt shingles didn’t become so widely used for no reason. It’s the effectiveness and low cost that allowed this building material to rise to popularity.
So what are asphalt shingles made from?
Asphalt shingles are manufactured using cellulose (or other organic materials) combined with fiberglass. The fiberglass reinforces the strength of the material. The asphalt provides the waterproofing quality that allows water to run off your roof. Altogether, these materials are not expensive to source. In addition, professional roofers can install asphalt shingles with relative ease, so installation is quick and effective. The main advantages of investing in asphalt shingles is that, they are less expensive and are available in a wide variety of colors and designs.
How long do asphalt shingle roofs last?
The lifespan of your roof, like any other part of your house, will last longest with regular maintenance. However, you should expect most professionally install asphalt shingle roofs to last at the very least, 30 years.
If you ever notice some kind of damage or problem with your roof, new or old, you should contact an expert roofer. It’s much better to be safe than sorry. That’s because a small problem can turn into a huge expense if you don’t fix it quickly. Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure the reliability and longevity of your asphalt shingle roof.
What are some benefits of having an asphalt shingle roof?
The single most important benefit is shown when you evaluate the cost versus effectiveness. No other roofing material delivers quality and reliability at such a low cost. Some more specific benefits include things like:
1. Variety in shape and color
You can make your roof any color you want with asphalt shingles. The variety in texture, appearance, and shape of the shingles allow you to truly personalize your roof. When it comes to curb appeal, no other building material allows you the options that these shingles do.
2. Solar reflection
Asphalt shingles reflect the sun’s rays. That means they can lower the cost of air conditioning during the hot summer months. In addition, that makes them an energy-efficient choice that you can be proud of.
3. Fire and wind resistant
These shingles are also fire and wind-resistant. After professional testing, asphalt shingles have been given a Class A rating. The fiberglass in the shingles helps to slow the spread of flames better than other roofs in the event of a serious fire. In addition, these shingles are wind resistant. When installed properly by experts, these roofs perform better than others under severe wind conditions.
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