Why Choose Asphalt Shingle Roofing?
Asphalt shingle roofing systems are by far the most affordable roofing option. The material and labor costs for the installation of an asphalt shingle roof are relatively low when compared to other more specialized roofing systems such as metal and clay tile. Typical shingle roofs will last about 12 to 15 years before needing to be replaced due to wear and tear. However, there are shingle roofs that are designed to last 25 to 30 years as well.
Diverse Style Options
Asphalt shingles are produced in virtually every color and a myriad of patterns and styles. The wide variety of readily available and affordable shingles allow homeowners to create a customizable look for their roof that suits their particular taste. There are three primary profiles of asphalt shingles that can create several distinct looks for your home.
- 3-Tab: Frequently, the most cost-friendly shingle option, 3-Tab shingles have been in use for many years and provide a flat look for your roof. While many 3-Tab shingles are rated for 25 to 30 years, they often need to be replaced earlier. The cost of installation is also driven down by the fact that the lightweight nature of these shingles allows them to be installed without additional roofing support or on top of existing shingles.
- Laminated (Architectural): These shingles are more durable and better able to stand up to the test of severe weather than 3-Tab shingles. Laminated shingles are manufactured by connecting two shingles together, creating a pattern that imitates the appearance of slate or wood roofing. There are options available where three shingles are fixed together for an added layer of style and protection. Because laminated shingles are heavier than 3-Tab shingles, the existing shingles need to be removed from your roof to adequate accommodate the increased weight of installing laminated shingles.
- Premium: Premium shingles comprise under 5% of the shingle roofing market. The largest reason for this disparity is the high cost of premium shingles. Although they cost more, premium shingles, last much longer than other shingles and often carry 50-year warranties. Typically, premium shingles are designed to resemble the natural styles of wood shake and slate roofing.
The Two Types of Asphalt Shingles
Organic shingles are a combination of recycled waste paper and asphalt that creates a watertight composite. Ceramic granules and salts are ingrained into the surface of this composite. These shingles are more durable than their fiberglass counterparts; however, they are more susceptible to fire damage and are less environmentally friendly.
Similar to organic shingles, fiberglass shingles are a combination of a fiberglass base mat that is covered with asphalt to create a waterproof shield. The fire protection offered by fiberglass shingles is far superior to that offered by organic shingles. Fiberglass shingles are becoming more and more popular and are beginning to phase out organic shingles.