Asphalt Roofing

Perhaps the most common type of roofing material is asphalt. Asphalt shingles are flexible, cost effective, and convenient to install. They also come in many different designs and textures to match the theme of your home.

If you’re considering asphalt for a roofing project, you may be wondering if this material is a worthwhile investment. There are many factors that go into an asphalt roof, from the material used to the cost of installation. This guide will explore what asphalt shingles are, its pros and cons, and how you can find a contractor to install this type of roof.

What is Asphalt Roofing?

An asphalt roof is essentially made from organic or fiberglass material. The organic type consists of paper and a waterproof asphalt coating. On the other hand, fiberglass shingles are made of fiberglass in place of paper. They also have the same asphalt coating, which acts as a protective layer. Asphalt shingles can be additionally coated to become mold and mildew resistant.

Most standard asphalt shingles consist of a square strip that is elongated to meet the needs of different types of roofs. As a result, both organic and inorganic asphalt roofs can be coated with special materials to add aesthetic appeal, energy efficiency, and durability.

Asphalt Roof Pros and Cons

1. Cost efficiency

Asphalt shingles are among the most cost effective to install. Purchasing asphalt roofing costs between $7-$9 per square foot (for 3-tab asphalt), which translates to quite an affordable cost when compared to other types of roofs. If you decide to add special types of coatings, the cost may increase modestly.

2. Easy installation

Asphalt roofs are also relatively easy to install. The individual pieces fit easily on top of each other after the underlayment is put in place. In fact, arranging asphalt shingles can take as little time as a day or two. The price of installation is also competitive.

3. Durability

Asphalt is tolerant of strong winds, fire, and inclement weather. This means that the material is durable and individual panels can be fixed if damage were to occur. After installation, your home will be reasonably protected from intense sunlight, heat, ice, and fire.

4. Easy customization

One of the biggest pros of asphalt is that it can be customized into many different colors, dimensions, and shapes. Every year, special coatings are created to add customization to asphalt roofs. This means that you can easily match your curb appeal with the asphalt roofing that you decide to install.

 

Cons of Asphalt roofs

Even with all the benefits that an asphalt roof can provide, there are certain drawbacks that you should be aware of. First, asphalt can decay over time. As an organic product, there is the possibility of frequent weather changes causing the shingles to slowly disintegrate.

In addition, severely strong winds can cause your shingles to become loose and detach from the rest of the roof.  And if you have a poorly ventilated attic, the wear and tear on your shingles can occur at a faster rate.

Hiring a Asphalt Roofing Contractor

The key to obtaining a quality asphalt roof is selecting the right roofing contractor for the job. The roofing contractor you choose will determine quality, cost, and durability of your roof.

Begin your search by ensuring the contractor is appropriately licensed-and-insured. They should also have enough experience with installing residential roofs. This includes a familiarity with local building regulations-and-other legal guidelines. Referrals from friends and family can help you find a reliable asphalt roofing contractor.

Angie's List provides direct access to real reviews online from local customers who have previously had asphalt roofing services. 

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