A popular material to use in roofing here in the north is asphalt shingles. In this installment on roofing our contractors will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using composite shingles for your new or replacement roof.
Two types of shingles are available on the market, organic and fiberglass. Fiberglass shingles are created with a bottom layer mat that is created out of glass fiber. The mat is then coated with a mixture containing asphalt and mineral fillers to create a waterproof barrier. Fiberglass is more widely used because they offer excellent protection against fire. Organic shingles on the other hand use a mat created from recycled paper, covered with asphalt and a top layer of bonding salt and ceramic granules implanted on the top. Organic shingles are incredibly durable however highly flammable.
Shingles have many advantages over other materials used in roofing. Shingle roofing is incredibly affordable. It is comparatively inexpensive upfront and is the most affordable option in the short term. When properly installed a shingle roof can offer a solid level of protection against a wide range of climates for at least twelve to fifteen years.
Even though shingle roofing is inexpensive does not mean that it lacks in variety. The most common and cost effective is the three tab shingle followed by architectural and premium. No matter what style your home is there is a shingle roofing option to complement and enhance the exterior. Another benefit is the vast number of colors and patterns to choose from. Shingle roofs can be used to create an alluring custom look that can greatly enhance the overall appeal of your home’s exterior.
Professional roof contractors appreciate the next benefit, ease of installation and repair. Asphalt shingles are light weight and can be easily installed without requiring any added structural supports, special tools or without any major prep.
This isn’t to say that asphalt shingles are without fault. Some disadvantages of having roofing contractors install asphalt roofing are:
If the roof needs to be installed and temperatures fall below freezing shingles are more apt to be damaged.
Asphalt damage can occur without proper attic ventilation.
Extreme heat causes cracking and color loss in shingles.
Bi-yearly maintenance and regular repairs are essential to ensure shingle roofing keeps its integrity.
Asphalt shingles, for the most part, are not environmentally friendly.
Overall however shingle roofing is the most preferred material by roofing contractors to install on home in areas where the climate varies substantially between seasons.