By far the most common type of roofing that American homes are equipped with, asphalt shingles give homeowners versatile options and great value. Asphalt shingles are available in many colors to help you find a perfect match for your home’s exterior.
The only time that asphalt shingles aren’t recommended is in cases of flat horizontal roofs or roofs with a very mild slope. Since much of shingle roof durability comes from overlapping shingles, drenching rain can get between shingles and make them susceptible to leaks. Almost all architectural home styles that have a sufficient degree of slope on the roof can be covered well by an asphalt shingle roof.
The two most common materials that asphalt shingles are made from are:
Organic Material – Organic asphalt shingles are reinforced by an organic paper backing. They have a tendency to wear out more quickly than fiberglass asphalt shingles, but they are more environmentally friendly.
Reinforced Fiberglass –
Three-Tab or Architectural: What’s the difference?
Three-Tab shingles have cut-outs running along the bottom of them, giving the illusion that there are three different shingles, when there is really just one.
Architectural shingles consist of a larger quantity of asphalt, giving them a slight curvature. Although the difference in the two is subtle, architectural shingles have a tendency to be more expensive than the three-tabbed variety.
Benefits of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles offer versatility in color and style, and are one of the least expensive roofing styles common today.
What to Watch Out For
Fiberglass asphalt shingles are made of petroleum, hence, this product is harmful for the environmental. On the other hand, organic shingles don’t last long, often wearing out before their estimated lifespan. Neither type of asphalt roof offers the durability of some other roofing materials.
$50 to $150 per square.
15 to 30 years, depending on proper maintenance and specific asphalt used.