Benefits of Asphalt Roofing Shingles
While what type of roof you want your house, office or building to have depends entirely on you, there are still certain factors that you will need to consider. These things may limit your option regarding the type of roofing system you can have, but definitely not the aesthetic design, color and, probably, material that you want your roof to have.
These factors include the roof’s life expectancy, strength (especially during natural disasters), material (whether it is Eco-friendly and recyclable), effect on the style of your house or office, cost and if it is allowed by local building codes.
Currently, the most common roofing material used for residential roofing applications in the U.S. is roof shingles, particularly, fiberglass-based asphalt roofing shingles. Roof shingles consist of individual overlapping elements, which are typically flat and rectangular shaped. These elements, which may be made of materials, such as wood, plastic, slate, metal, flagstone, fiber cement, and composite material like asphalt are laid in courses starting from the bottom edge to the top of the roof, each course overlapping the joints below. Besides contributing greatly to a building’s aesthetic appearance, roof shingles can be installed easily, are relatively affordable, and can last from 20 to 50 years.
As one of the referred roofing materials for homes, Asphalt shingles are relatively cheap, available in different colors and designs, and are the easiest roofing materials to install; some are even designed to replicate the appearance of wood shake, tile, or other more expensive type of roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are also Eco-Friendly, provides protection from ultraviolet rays (UV) and may pass Energy Star standards for a cool roof if these are coated.
Asphalt shingles come in two styles: 3-tab and architectural, also called laminated or dimensional. Compared to 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles are thicker, more durable, have various sizes and shapes. Due to constant exposure to bad weather, as well as too much sun, rain, hail, high wind, snow, and extreme temperatures conditions, however, its life expectancy of 30 to 50 years can be cut to 24 to 30 years – still longer compared to the 15 to 18 years life of 3-tab shingles.
Because these are thicker than 3-tab shingles (to provide better protection for your home and keep out moisture), architectural shingles necessarily cost more; these also provide more aesthetic appeal to your home.
The popularity of shingle roofing system has resulted to four out of every five homes being roofed with shingles. Also, once installed, a shingle roofing system requires virtually no regularly scheduled maintenance as is required with other roofing systems. Shingles can also be easily repaired if damaged and replacement, if necessary, involves only individual shingles instead of the entire field of the roof.