Most people aren’t aware of the several options available in asphalt roofing shingles. These are probably the most often chosen type of shingles to roof a house.
While the composition of asphalt roofing shingles differs a little from manufacturer to manufacturer, basically they are a combination of mineral fiber and cementitious fillers. Anywhere from 5 to 35% is actually asphalt.
Typical asphalt roofing shingles are made to last for up to 20 years. A number of factors will influence whether or not your asphalt roofing shingles will last that long.
A large drawback to asphalt roofing shingles is their tendency to crack in regions of the country that have sudden temperature changes. Because they’re made of a relatively weaker material, these shingles can also be damaged even in temperate climates. Also, these kinds of shingles are typically only used on a roof with a steep slope.
Fiberglass asphalt roofing shingles have a fiberglass base layered with waterproof coating. Wet fiberglass layers are bound together with a urea-formaldehyde adhesive. Then a coating of asphalt mixed with mineral fillers goes on to make them waterproof.
Some of the benefits of fiberglass roofing shingles include durability, lightweight, not as expensive, longer warranty, fire resistant, and resistant to UV rays.
Organic asphalt roofing shingles, also known as felt mat asphalt shingles, have been made from paper, rages, wood chips, and recycled cardboard. Benefits of these shingles include being waterproof and inexpensive. However, they are heavier than fiberglass asphalt roofing shingles and won’t last as long.
In areas with high humidity or a lot of days of freezing temperatures, these organic asphalt roofing shingles are likely to become saturated, causing them to degrade. This limits their life span to less than the 20 years of other asphalt roofing shingles.
For homeowners on a budget, the 3-tab asphalt roofing shingles can be a good option. They look good on a roof and have a long life expectancy. However, when they’ve aged or if they’ve been installed wrong, they have a tendency to blow off in severe weather. They do provide good protection for less money.
Dimensional asphalt roofing shingles are gaining in popularity. They stand out in the neighborhood because of their unique appearance. This makes them a little more expensive than the other types of asphalt roofing shingles, too.
Luxury asphalt roofing shingles are more expensive yet. They are designed to mimic natural slate and cedar shake roofs. This type of shingle is a good choice for those period homes that look their best with a slate or shake roof. They are heavy because of extra layers.
When you need a new roof or if you need information about the best kind of asphalt roofing shingle to buy, contact Price My Roof at 978-361-6129. They’ve been in business for 15 years doing home improvements in the New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts, and Boston areas.