Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials available. Your shingle contractor can help you to decide which of the many shapes and colors will be best for your home.
Basic Types Of Asphalt Shingles
There are 2 types of asphalt shingles, and, as the name implies, both are made with asphalt.
- Fiberglass Shingles These shingles are made of fiberglass in place of the cellulose mat. They are coated with hard asphalt, and are much lighter weight. They have a better fire safety rating than organic mat shingles.
- Organic Mat Shingles These shingles are made up of a fiber mat of cellulose, which is a wood product. It is saturated with soft asphalt and then coated with harder asphalt, which makes it heavy and flexible/li>
How Long Will Asphalt Shingles Last?
There are many factors that come into play when determining how long your roof will last. It is best to get a quote from your roofing contractor; do not rely on the warranty that the shingles themselves carry. Different manufacturers attach warranties ranging from 20-45 years to their asphalt shingles, but roofing professionals agree that these warranties are flawed.
Depending on the quality of the asphalt shingles you choose, and the type of weather it is exposed to, an asphalt roof can last between 10 and 25 years. Although individual shingles can be replaced, patching over time can reduce curb appeal and eventually the whole thing will have to be replaced.
If you are not planning any major renovations and plan to stay in your home for decades, then get the best roof you possibly can; if your home is older and will need major renovating, then it may be wiser to go with a lower priced asphalt shingle. This is a decision that a roofing contractor can help you with – they are familiar with all brands and styles, so trusting the professional opinions that they provide can be a smart move.
Asphalt vs. Other Materials
Asphalt is so popular because it is such an easy material to work with, and because it is low cost. Shake, slate, and tin or steel roofs can last more than twice as long as asphalt, although they, too, need to be maintained.
Personal taste can also help to determine what the right roof for your home is; and so can the look of your neighborhood overall.