What are Asphalt Shingles?

What are Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt roofing is relatively cheap and easy to install.

The popularity of asphalt roofing can never be overstated. For one, such type of roofing is relatively cheap, costing about $0.80 a square foot. Second, an asphalt roof is easy to install and installation can be done in a day or two. Third, an asphalt roof is relatively durable and maintenance and repair are easy. Fourth, asphalt shingles are versatile and can be used in many architectural types – owing to various styles and colors of asphalt shingles.

There are two kinds of asphalt shingles: organic and glass fiber (a/k/a fiber glass). In glass fiber types, a glass fiber reinforcing mat is molded into the shingle’s shape. Asphalt with mineral fillers is then applied to the shingle. Asphalt shingles are waterproof and, in the case of the glass fiber type, what makes the asphalt roof water resistant is that is the asphalt combined with mineral fillers.

The organic type of asphalt roofing is made of an organic felt material that is usually paper saturated with asphalt so that the shingles become waterproof. Adhesive asphalt is then applied on top and ceramic granules are embedded. The organic shingles are heavier, thus making them more durable than their glass fiber counterparts.

Because of their lightness, any roofing contractor or homeowner would prefer glass fiber shingles to organic asphalt shingles. Aside from their more affordable price, glass fiber shingles are also easier to manufacture. The roofing contractor may also prefer glass fiber asphalt shingles because such shingles are easier to work with than organic ones.

Asphalt shingles – whether glass fiber or organic – are also popular because of the relatively long roof life span. However, the roof life span for asphalt depends on the state or environment where such shingles are being installed. Asphalt shingles tend to last longer in cooler climates, compared with shingles in warmer climates. The average life span of a shingle is about 20 years; however, this varies in certain states. In Arizona, the shingle’s life span is about 14 years while in Minnesota the shingle’s life span is about 19.5 years. In Pennsylvania, the shingle’s life span is 20.8 years.

To prolong the roof life span, a typical roofing contractor would prefer sloped roofs over flat roofs. If water is allowed to “flood” flat roofs, algae and fungus may form. The freeze-thaw cycle can also contribute to the wear and tear of asphalt shingles. During winter, water on flat asphalt roofs can be equally damaging as water will penetrate the cracks and freeze at night. Asphalt shingles are beautiful to look at. Thus, such shingles would be used better in sloped roofs.

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Basic Roofing Tips That Can Save You Money

Basic Roofing Tips That Can Save You Money

Tips to a well maintained roof.

They say, “Protect the roof that protects you” – so true, because a home with a damaged roof also means uncomfortable living. This is the reason why people should know of different roofing tips so their roof is well maintained to make it last longer.

Find the most appropriate roof for your home

There are different types of roofing and these include: gable roof, flat roof, mansard roof, hipped roof, pyramidal hip roof, salt-box roof, shed roof, gambrel roof and bonnet roof. Each type of roof has its own characteristics. Each type of roof has its own advantage and disa

dvantage as well and should be used appropriately because each of them vary according to different factors. One is according to where it is used. Some roofs are meant for places where weather conditions are extreme while some roofs are only for places where weather conditions are fine and moderate. There are roofs that may survive in extreme weather conditions but may not have enough storage space. There are roofs that are very cost-effective because they don’t cost that much and are still able to provide all of your roofing nee

ds. Some roofs have a very awkward look to them so some might find them asymmetrical. This may not be good for people who want everything looking well measured and well done.

Have your roof well maintained

Maintenance may cost you quite a bit in time and effort but it can also mean saving thousands of dollars because of the need to change damaged roofs. To make sure that your roof survives the outer elements and is kept in good condition, here are some roofing tips you may follow.

You must personally inspect your roof at least once a month. Climb up on your roof and check whether there is damage that needs to be immediately fixed. When this is accomplished, you’ll have better chances of saving your roof. Also, check if there is any debris on your roof that you may want to get rid of to keep your roof safe. For example, if you live in a place where there are a lot of trees, check for branches that may fall on your roof should there be strong wind and rain. Check the gutters of your roof because they might be filled with twigs, leaves and pine needles that hinder water from passing through.

Contact a roofing contractor when needed

One of the best roofing tips to follow is to call a roofing contractor for help. There are some roofs that are difficult to reach. There are some home owners who can no longer climb up their roof like the elder people. For these kinds of situation, it is best to call a roofing contractor to check on your roof to find out if there are any fixing needed to be done.

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