Your Short Guide To Asphalt Shingles

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Your Short Guide To Asphalt Shingles

There a quite a few things to think about as you choose the type of roof for your home. In a lot of cases, homeowners decide on asphalt shingles for residential roofing. In order to determine if you also want to go this route, you will need to start by learning some basic information about this type of roofing. Then, you will need to decide whether the features they offer are compatible with what you feel are some of the most important things for the type of roof you choose to possess. Here is a short guide to help you become more familiar with asphalt shingles. 

How asphalt shingles are made

Asphalt shingles are made with a felt paper or fiberglass base that gets coated with a layer of asphalt that makes it waterproof, and then ceramic granules are added to the outer surface of ceramic granules. Shingles made from the fiberglass base tend to be the most popular choice with homeowners. Shingles come in a large selection of colors, so they can complement any home. They also come in different styles, so you will be able to pick a style you feel will look great on your home. 

How long asphalt shingles can last

Since there are so many factors that can affect the shingles, it is difficult to determine the amount of time they will last on a person's house without knowing some important information. In general, they often come with warranties that cover them for anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Some of the things that can affect how long they last include things like triple-digit temperatures, snow and freezing temperatures, strong winds, algae, exposure to animals like raccoons, etc. 

Some benefits of asphalt shingles

There are a lot of great things about asphalt shingles. For one thing, a lot of homeowners appreciate that smaller price tag that comes with asphalt shingles that is often much more affordable than some of the other types of roofs. Shingles are also very common and therefore will usually blend in well with the other homes that are in the neighborhood. They are also waterproof, termite-resistant, fire-resistant, and require minimal maintenance. They are also energy-efficient, helping you to keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round for less. 

Signs asphalt shingles need repairs or replacement

Another nice thing about asphalt shingles is when the time comes for your roof to need repairing or replacement, it can become obvious visually, so you know to have a roofer come out. Some signs of issues include granules on the ground, any visible damage to the shingles, finding shingles in the yard, or seeing spots where some are missing.

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Roofing the Day Away Can you imagine hammering away at shingles from dawn until dusk? If this sounds like fun, then you may have a future in the roofing industry. If this does not sound fun at all, then you're going to be someone who calls a roofing company and leave the work to the professionals. There's nothing wrong with that. Roofing is hard and dangerous; it's definitely not for everyone. In fact, we don't climb up on the roof ourselves. We do, however, write about roofing on this blog. We consider that to be a small service we can do for homeowners who are interested in roofing and want to know more.