Asphalt Roofing Shingles: Everything You Need To Know
As The Most Popular Roofing Material On The Market, It’s Important To Know Why So Many People Choose Asphalt Roofing Shingles For Their Roofs.
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All About Asphalt Roofing Shingles
If you look around at any given moment while in the city, you’ll likely see a building with an asphalt shingle roof. Inexpensive to manufacture and tough enough to withstand harsh weather, asphalt shingle roofing remains a favorite for homeowners and facility managers alike. With regular maintenance, asphalt shingles roofing can last for decades. Sadly, many property owners don’t remember to check their rooftops until they’ve sustained damage, which increases the cost — and hassle — of a repair or replacement project.
Luckily, our team of experts at Maxx Roof LLC knows the importance of a well-maintained asphalt shingle rooftop. Whether you’ve got a roof in disrepair or you’ve found yourself considering a complete replacement, we’ve created this comprehensive guide to answer some common roofing questions, such as:
- What are asphalt shingles?
- What are the pros and cons of asphalt shingles?
- How do you install asphalt shingles?
- How long do asphalt shingles last?
Read on for everything you need to know about asphalt roofing shingles.
What Are Asphalt Roofing Shingles?
Asphalt roofing shingles feature a coated base and ceramic granules that reflect the sun, keep your home cooler, and protect your roof from UV damage. While availability may vary, you can usually select between two types of shingles: fiberglass or mat-based shingles.
Fiberglass shingles have a woven fiberglass base coated with asphalt. The base’s durability reduces the amount of asphalt needed, resulting in lower costs and a lighter roofing product that resists fire for up to two hours. Because of these shingles’ toughness and long lifespan, manufacturers typically include extended warranties on fiberglass shingles.
Alternatively, mat-based shingles consist of recycled felt paper covered in two layers of waterproof asphalt. Mat-based shingles contain roughly 40% more asphalt than fiberglass shingles, resulting in a thicker, rugged roofing material. Though they may offer greater flexibility, mat-based shingles absorb more water than other types of shingles and can warp.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Regardless of the type of shingle you select, your roofing contractor will likely recommend one of the four most common types of asphalt shingles:
Three-tab shingles fit flatly against your roof and feature three cutouts — or tabs — along the bottom edge of the shingle. The cutouts create the look of three separate shingles in one strip, resulting in a quick, relatively inexpensive installation.
Architectural shingles don’t have any cutouts, but manufacturers coat the bottom portion with an additional layer of asphalt. The added layer results in a multidimensional shape that enhances the look of your roof, while the premium design results in increased sturdiness and a longer manufacturer warranty.
Presidential shake shingles are normal asphalt shingles that are cut in a way that makes it look more like a slat roof than the typical look you get from shingles. These are available in multiple styles to suit the look of your home.
Class 4 Impact Resistant Shingles
When you live in an area with hail storms, your best bet is to go with a class 4 impact resistant shingles as they are built to stand up to major hail storms. Class 4 is only given to products that can withstand a 2 inch steel ball being dropped from 20 feet above without fracturing, splitting or tearing the shingle.
All of these different types of shingles come in various colors and shapes to suit every style of home. From scalloped options created for Victorian homes to luxury shingles crafted to replicate the textured appearance of cedar shakes, you can find the perfect match for your new rooftop.
Asphalt Shingles Roofing Installation
Taking on a roofing installation project can seem overwhelming, especially if you hire an inexperienced contractor. Our streamlined roofing process takes the stress out of asphalt shingles installation. Our crew will begin with a free, detailed estimate and conduct a contactless inspection of your home. After determining the scope of your project, we’ll begin the installation using our simple five-step process:
1. Remove the existing roofing.
In most cases, we’ll remove your existing roofing before installing new shingles. Some companies simply layer new shingles over old ones, cutting corners to reduce costs. However, we know that too many layers of roofing materials can result in leakage, degradation, or early roof failure.
Our team will strip the old shingles down to the sheathing for a clean, reliable finish. Once we’ve removed the old roofing, we’ll examine the sheathing for signs of leaks, moisture, or impact.
2. Protect against water and ice.
After removing the old rooftop, our crew will install a self-sticking roof membrane and drip edge to protect your home from water damage. Then, we’ll cover the joints of your rooftop with flashing, providing a water-tight barrier around chimneys, air vents, and other architectural features.
3. Apply the underlayment.
Next, we’ll apply the underlayment, the final layer between your home and your shingles. You can opt for a felt paper or synthetic underlayment, though many contractors and homeowners prefer the synthetic material’s enhanced protection.
4. Install the shingles.
Finally, we’ll begin installing your new shingles. Our highly trained team of roofing contractors will work quickly, typically finishing the installation within two to three days. Most importantly, we’ll leave you with a sturdy, professionally installed roof that will last for decades.
5. Conduct a final inspection.
At the project’s close, one of our team members will inspect your rooftop to ensure proper installation. As soon as you’ve signed off on the installation, you’ll receive our signature Maxx Warranty, guaranteeing our work and covering your rooftop so you can feel confident in a job done right.
How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?
While many homeowners and business managers equate low cost with poor quality, asphalt shingles provide decades of protection at a fraction of the cost of other roofing materials. However, while asphalt shingles come with several advantages, one key benefit has made them one of the best-selling roofing materials for homes and businesses: their guaranteed lifespan.
Asphalt shingles typically require less maintenance than other roofing materials and outlast natural products, providing coverage for 15 to 30 years. Architectural shingles last even longer, providing resilient roofing for 25 to 30 years without the extensive upkeep of wood shake roofing.
Asphalt Shingles Costs
Installing a roof of any sort requires a significant investment. However, asphalt shingle rooftops typically cost less than virtually any other type of roofing material.
The cost of asphalt shingle roofs varies widely based on several factors, such as:
- The shingle manufacturer and warranty.
- The property’s location and accessibility.
- Local labor costs.
- The availability of necessary materials.
If you’re interested in upgrading your rooftop at your home or business, we can provide you with a personalized estimate on the phone and can even visit your property at a convenient time for a contact-free inspection.
Asphalt Shingles Roofing Advantages
- Fire resistance: Fiberglass shingles provide homes and businesses with excellent fire resistance due to their inorganic materials.
- Extensive size, shape, and color options: From wood shake lookalikes and scalloped edges to custom colors and weathered design, asphalt shingles provide a wide variety of customization options to suit every home.
- Low maintenance: The heavy-duty materials used to make asphalt shingles result in a low maintenance option for busy families and commercial facilities, reducing upkeep and labor costs.
- Budget-friendliness: As one of the most cost-effective roofing options, asphalt shingles combine aesthetic appeal and durability without the price tag.
- Backed by warranties: Most manufacturing companies extend a warranty on their products. However, at Maxx Roof LLC, we also offer our signature Maxx Warranty to ensure that your roof stays in working order for years to come.
Asphalt Shingles Roofing Disadvantages
- Vulnerable to weather damage: While high-quality asphalt shingles provide adequate protection against most weather events, some cheaper options may detach due to wind.
- Susceptible to damage during cold-weather installation: Unlike other roofing materials that you can install year-round, asphalt shingles can crack or become damaged if installed during chilly winter months.
- Not as durable as other roofing materials: Though a well-maintained asphalt rooftop can last for decades, the light, inexpensive roofing material must receive regular upkeep to protect your home or business for two or three decades.
How Are Asphalt Shingle Roofs Repaired?
No matter how well you maintain your asphalt shingles, you may come home one day to find that weather or a fallen limb has damaged your shingles. Luckily, our team at Maxx Roof LLC can quickly repair or replace cracked, curled, or damaged shingles on an otherwise sound rooftop.
While you may feel tempted to climb onto your roof and fix the shingles by yourself, we recommend calling our team for routine or emergency repair. Our skilled contractors will safely navigate your rooftop, replace the damaged shingles, and check for other signs of disrepair.
Additionally, you can implement several practices to keep your shingles in good repair between inspections. Both homeowners and business owners can safely work to maintain their asphalt rooftops through:
- Routine inspections from our experienced Maxx Roof LLC contractors.
- Regular cleanings.
- Consistent gutter cleaning.
- Limited trees and plants on or above your roof.
Finally, you can inspect your rooftop from your front yard or driveway. Simply give your roof a quick once-over every few weeks and take note of any damaged or missing shingles. If you notice any changes, you can give our team a call to schedule a repair.
Popular Asphalt Shingle Roofing Manufacturers
At Maxx Roof LLC, we know that a quality roof begins with quality materials and skilled craftsmen. Rather than choosing cheap roofing materials that reduce our costs, we’ve partnered with some of the most respected names in the roofing business, such as Owens Corning, IKO, and Conklin Roofing Systems.
When you choose our team of roofing contractors at Maxx Roof LLC, you can count on premium materials, budget-friendly prices and an expert team committed to your satisfaction, guaranteed. You’ll quickly understand why we’ve developed a reputation as a top-rated roofing company.
Asphalt Shingle Roofers You Can Count On
Don’t put off an asphalt shingle roof repair, replacement, or installation for another day. Protect what matters most with a rooftop from our Maxx Roof LLC contractors. Give us a call today at (720) 743-4492 for a free estimate or to book a service appointment.