Finding the right shingles for roof can be a challenging task. From aesthetics to budget our team at Industry Elite our team of residential roofing contractors can help you select the right shingles for you roof. In this post we will talk about the variety of shingles we offer as well as some pros and cons.
Why are Asphalt Shingles so Popular?
Asphalt roofing shingles are engineered to beautify and protect your home against inclement weather. Asphalt models also offer protection against water infiltration caused by wind-driven rain or ice dams.
This material is especially popular with homeowners and contractors for the following reasons:
- Cost. The inexpensive cost of shingles made of asphalt beats the price of other materials–like steel, natural stone tiles or genuine wood shakes.
- Maintenance. Asphalt has fewer maintenance issues than stone tiles or wood shakes.
- Installation. Asphalt is quicker and easier to install than other types of roofing materials.
- Variety. Asphalt is widely available in a huge assortment of colors, pattern designs and sizes.
Asphalt shingles are less expensive than other types of roofing materials, which explains their popularity. It also operates as a sealant that waterproofs the ceiling of your home. Due to the solidity of asphalt, it also increases the strength of the shingle itself.
The length of time you can expect the shingles to perform will depend on your climate, installation, and a variety of other factors. Note that asphalt shingle warranties vary considerably from one manufacturer to another. Many companies offer limited lifetime warranties and assorted pro-rated periods.1
What are Asphalt Shingles Made Of?
Asphalt roofing shingles have an asphalt-coated fiberglass mat at their core. This helps them remain flexible in extreme cold. Being too brittle can compromise shingles’ integrity, durability and ability to resist water penetration. It also adds weight, which is important for the shingles to lie flat.
Asphalt shingle’s top coating is embedded with ceramic granules that help protect the asphalt’s coating against deterioration from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. In many cases, algae-resistant granules are included to help inhibit the growth of blue-green algae, which causes unattractive black streaks and discoloration.
If you notice that your gutters are full of granules, it might be time to replace your roof. While some granule loss is to be expected over time, too much might indicate faulty shingles.2
Styles and Colors of Asphalt Shingles
Depending on your home’s style, the roof may account for as much as 40 percent of its visual exterior. And with today’s trend of creating outdoor living spaces, you could be looking at your roof a lot more often. Your choice of style and color may reflect your personality and individual taste, but it’s always important to keep your home’s resale value in mind. Avoid materials and designs that will make listing your house difficult.
With all the choices currently available, it’s no wonder that this is often a homeowner’s most difficult decision.
- Warm, earthy tones are a good choice if you want your home to blend into its natural surroundings, or if your home is in a casual, rustic setting.
- Monochromatic colors – black, white and grey – can add drama and classical elegance to traditional or even minimalist home designs.
- Lighter colors, from sandy greys and dusty browns to pastel blues, can help homeowners express their personal sense of style.
- Recent advances in color blending technology have created some spectacular shingle options. These can make your home stand out and boost its curb appeal. Just be sure your shingles don’t clash or compete with other exterior elements.
Climate considerations are also imperative when choosing the right shingle color and style. Keep these climate factors in mind:
- Darker-colored shingles absorb heat and light, while lighter colors reflect it.
- Humid or maritime climates are more susceptible to algae growth, so look for algae-resistant shingles (AR) that help inhibit the growth of streak-causing blue-green algae.3
3-tab shingles are affordable yet functional. These are the most affordable and economical shingle on the market. These are made of durable fiberglass and a coat of mineral granules, which are resistant to algae and mold. They are lightweight, yet cant withstand the elements with a life of 20 years or more. 3-tab shingles lack aesthetic qualities and risk blowing-off if not properly installed.
These high-quality laminated shingles are made with a fiberglass base, and coated in a water-resistant asphalt. They have a warranty of 25-50 years, and are more resistant to high winds, rain, and snow. They cost 20% more than 3-tab shingles, but they add more value to your home.
These shingles appear three dimensional, and come in many styles from victorian to rugged. Made of asphalt these have two layers giving them their three dimensional appearance. Designer shingles weigh more than traditional asphalt shingles. Their bonded layers make them extremely durable, and able to withstand winds in excess of 110 miles per hour. Many come with a lifetime warranty.