Your roof is an investment. It is also your first line of defense in protecting your home and valuable contents. Your roof should be inspected periodically for signs of deterioration or damage. Keep in mind that roof surfaces damage easily (especially asphalt shingle in hot or cold weather), so minimize foot traffic. In terms of roofing materials, asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material for residential buildings. Asphalt shingles come in different types that can accommodate almost every budget. GreenLight Roofing is a leading asphalt shingles roof installer in Houston, TX.
Asphalt shingles are one of the least expensive roofing materials, and they are available in a wide variety of colors. They are commonly used on sloped roofs, single homes, and smaller residential projects just to name a few. This material is very easy to install and provides flexibility during its installation process.
Types of Shingles
Asphalt shingles come in two major categories: organic base and fiberglass. Organic shingles have a cellulose mat. Fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass mat. These mats are saturated with asphalt and covered with mineral granules. Organic shingles are more flexible in cold weather than fiberglass shingles, but fiberglass shingles have a better fire rating than organic shingles.The most common types of shingles are the traditional three-tab and the architectural shingle. The three-tab shingle is a rectangular mat with two slots cut from its front edge. The slots provide stress relief as the shingle expands and contracts. An architectural shingle has a heavy base mat with other mats or sections added to it. Besides being heavier and more durable, the architectural shingle gives the roof shadow lines and character, much like that of a tile or wood roof.
Asphalt Shingles Benefits:
Relatively large lifespan 20 to 30 years
Low maintenance, can be quickly repaired or replaced once damaged
Less costly than other roofing materials
Attractiveness, available in variety of colors and textures
Asphalt shingle roofing is performed by specialty contractors in the roofing industry with the roofing crew performing tasks in different areas on the roof simultaneously. Experts estimate that asphalt composition shingles claim nearly 90% of the roofing market. Asphalt shingles possess an overwhelming share of the U.S. steep-slope roofing market and can be reinforced with organic or fiberglass materials. Some asphalt shingles are tested and approved for impact resistance and wildfire resistance.When replacing an old asphalt roof, select a contractor that regularly brings old shingles to a recycling facility rather than disposing of them as waste.
Asphalt shingles make up a large percentage of materials used in residential roofing. Estimates range from two-thirds of the market to four-fifths of the homes in the United States. Shingles are constructed of layers of granular aggregate, asphalt (a by-product of petroleum refining), base of organic or fiberglass material, and a filler/stabilizer which includes limestone and silica.
Cost of Asphalt Shingles
How much you’ll spend on shingles varies and depends on a couple of factors like how big or small your house is. Roof pitch and material to be used can also impact the price you have to pay for shingles installation. Architectural or laminated shingles are thicker and more expensive than the standard three tab asphalt shingles.
Want to build your dream asphalt shingle roof? Contact GreenLight Roofing, a leading asphalt shingles roofing contractor based in Houston. Our team is composed of highly skilled and well-trained members.