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Looking to replace your roof? Searching for a replacement will have you undoubtedly looking at newer roofing options but don’t overlook what an asphalt shingle roof can do for you. In this post, I will be talking about why a shingle roof is a worthy investment.
What is an Asphalt Shingle Roof: A Brief Look
Asphalt shingles are available in two types: fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles use a fiberglass mat covered with asphalt and topped with ceramic granules while organic shingles feature mats made from recycled felt paper. Fiberglass shingles are more affordable than organic shingles but organic shingles are more durable than their fiberglass counterparts, albeit thicker and heavier. There are also two styles to consider when it comes to asphalt shingles: 3-tab and architectural shingles.
The two differ in that 3-tab shingles look flat while architectural shingles have a more dimensional look to them. Overall, architectural shingles perform better but the cost-effectiveness of 3-tab shingles make them attractive to a lot of homeowners.
Why Choose Asphalt Shingles?
Asphalt shingle roofs have been around for a while but they remain to be a popular choice among homeowners for several reasons. Some of these include:
- Cost-efficiency. Whatever the asphalt shingle option, asphalt roofs are generally more affordable than a number of other roofing options available today. But more than just offering savings, asphalt shingles do perform reliably, making them worth every penny and more. Contractors may also offer payment options that will make it easier for homeowners to get their hands on the asphalt shingle roof they want.
- Asphalt shingle roofs can last a long time, with lifespans going anywhere from 15 to 25 years. Asphalt shingles can take a beating from the elements but they’ll last even longer when properly maintained.
- Ease of Maintenance. Like any roof, an asphalt shingle roof will benefit from being cleaned regularly. Should the need arise, repairs can be easily carried out. Depending on the damage you’re looking at, your contractor can either patch up the affected shingle or replace it to prevent further damage.
- Aesthetic Appeal. Asphalt shingles come in a wide array of rich, gorgeous colors, making choosing the perfect color for your home easier as available options are versatile enough to work well with any home. They also come in different textures, styles, and designs to suit whatever preference you might have.
- Ease of Installation. Asphalt shingles do have some heft to them but they are light enough not to require additional construction before installation. You can also lay new asphalt shingles over existing ones to avoid a tear-off, speeding up the time it takes to finish a replacement.
Making the Most Out of an Asphalt Shingle Roof
To make the most out of your asphalt shingle roof, you have to start at the beginning. That means receiving professional assistance to make sure that it is installed right, complete with adequate attic ventilation. Once your asphalt shingle roof is up, don’t forget to dole out some regular TLC through inspections once or twice a year. It may be a toughie but an asphalt shingle roof will definitely benefit from routine care and maintenance. Talk to your contractor exactly about what you want to get out of getting asphalt shingles to ensure your needs will be addressed.
Chad Williams grew up in local military family in Northern Virginia. While attending college in Texas 23 years ago, he started in the home remodeling industry. He returned to Virginia in 1995, and has since then happily raised five children and a grandson. Chad is proud to announce that this 2016, All American Home Services celebrates its 13th year in the business through the years earning the following distinctions: BBB (A rated & Certificate of Commendation), Angie’s List (5 Star Rated & Super Service Award Winner), Home Advisor 5 Star Rated, Certainteed Shingle Master Certification, and GAF Certified Approved Installers.