Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in North America. They are economical and versatile, work well on steep-sloped roofs, are sunlight and weather resistant, require little-to-no maintenance and are reasonably priced. In addition, asphalt shingles are also easy to cut, fasten, and fit, as well as being compatible with many different kinds of flashing and edging products. Furthermore, they don’t require specialized accessories for roof edges, wall terminations, and chimney or vent flashing.
These shingles are typically reinforced by organic or fiberglass material. Fiberglass shingles use fiberglass reinforcing mat, while the organic kind use a cellulose-fiber mat derived from wood. Fiberglass roofing shingles are more popular because they are more fire resistant, tear resistant, last longer, and are the most budget-friendly.
Asphalt shingles now come in all kinds or colors and profiles, and to enhance the aesthetic pleasure of asphalt roofing shingles, they may be coated with special laminate to provide an eye-pleasing texture. They also can come equipped with a zinc plating to protect against algae buildup. Keep in mind, any and all additional features will increase the pricing of your roof but asphalt shingles are still going to be the most affordable roofing option.
All roofing material manufacturers are required to meet building code regulations, which include the tested wind speed these materials can handle before a blow off occurs. Feel free to browse some of these manufacturer’s specifications for more information. If you have questions about a specific material, feel free to contact us.