Need A New Roof? Three Reasons To Consider Using Asphalt Shingles

If you're in the market for a new roof, you might consider using asphalt shingles. This roofing material has been an American staple since 1901. Available in different colors and designs, and one of the least expensive options on the market, asphalt shingles remain a popular choice across the country. Three reasons to choose this versatile roofing option are listed below along with a brief explanation of the different varieties.  

Go Organic or Fiberglass

The first asphalt shingles were all organic, but now you have a choice.

Organic Shingles

Organic shingles once used felt as a base, a thick substrate made of cotton rag. In the modern age, this base is now often made from wood fibers and recycled waste paper. The shingles are soaked in an asphalt solution and then covered with granules, typically made of ceramic. This gives the shingles their distinctive texture and makes them water resistant.  

Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles are lighter. Their bases are made of fiberglass fibers that are woven into mats and then covered with the asphalt solution and the granules. These shingles are thinner and more fire resistant. Since the fiberglass bases are less absorbent than the organic bases, the fiberglass shingles usually last longer.  

Two Choice of Shingle Types

Asphalt shingles are available in a three-tab variety and as architectural shingles.

Three-Tab Shingles

Each three-tab shingle looks like three shingles, but it's really only one long shingle. The tabs, found along the lower edge, help create the illusion. They also help the installer line up the shingles correctly. Shingles are typically applied from the bottom of the roof to the top, which each one overlapping the prior shingle as you work your way toward the peak.  

Architectural Shingles

Architectural asphalt shingles have no tabs and a more three-dimensional appearance. They are thicker and often recreate the look of wood shake or slate shingles, but without the additional weight.

Plenty of Colors to Choose From

Asphalt shingles are available in a host of colors, allowing you to match the color of your home for a more pleasing curb appeal. For example, pairing a red-shaded roof with a red brick home gives an old fashioned, cohesive look, especially if combined with white trim. A roof with asphalt shingles in a medium blue works well with grays or off-white cottages, and are often found in a seaside setting. Shingles are also available in shades of black, brown, gray and green.

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