ASPHALT ROOFING

If you drive through any neighborhood you will see that by far the most popular type of roofing material is asphalt shingles. The reason being is that they are affordable, require very little upkeep and come in a variety of colors and styles. If you are building a new home or replacing the roof on your current home it is definitely worth considering asphalt shingles. To get a quote on the different types of asphalt shingles available as well as a project scope and projected cost give our experienced team a call or send us an email.

What Are Asphalt Shingles?

There are two main varieties of asphalt shingles, which are called organic and fiberglass. Organic shingles are made by combing a sheet of thick paper with an asphalt coating. The paper makes them flexible and easy to install while the asphalt coating makes them waterproof and durable. Fiberglass shingles begin with a sheet of thick paper just like organic shingles, but the big difference that the protective coating they are sprayed with to make them waterproof also makes them fire-resistant.

 

The Three Types Of Asphalt Shingles

Strip Asphalt shingles

3-Tab – This strip type of shingle is the original style that asphalt shingles were manufactured in. Strip shingles are made by taking a long strip of thick paper material and applying a single layer of asphalt that is then sealed. The color variations of strip shingles are very slight, which makes them the most basic in appearance but also the most affordable in price.

Dimensional Asphalt

Dimensional – This type of asphalt shingle stands in the middle of the market for price and color. It is made by combining multiple sheets of asphalt which are then fused together with adhesives to provide variations in the appearance. This type of shingle also offers more color and style options than strip shingles.

Luxury Asphalt

Luxury – If you are in a situation where you can spend a large sum of money on roofing materials, or you are restoring an older property with modern materials then luxury asphalt shingles will likely be the place to start. Luxury shingles are designed to mimic old world roofing materials like stone or wood shake and offer the widest variety of color and style options. Luxury shingles also come with the best durability guarantees and warranties in the industry.

Benefits Of Asphalt Shingles

The durability and affordability of asphalt shingles speaks for itself, and they have dominated the roofing market in the US for decades.

  • Asphalt shingles are engineered and proven to resist even the harshest conditions including snow, rain, heat, and ice.

  • Asphalt shingles are manufactured and installed in a way that makes them resistant to even the harshest of winds.

  • Depending on what type of resin or sealant they are treated with during manufacturing, asphalt shingles are fire-resistant.

  • Roofers like working with asphalt shingles because they are flexible and easy to install.

  • Repairs for asphalt shingles are generally low-cost, easy to perform, and fast for a roofing contractor to get done.

  • After asphalt shingles are installed, they require little to no upkeep on the homeowner’s part.

  • Asphalt shingles are adaptable and come in an assortment of colors and styles that will suit any roof design.

If you have questions about asphalt roofing, composite roofing, or metal roofing for either your residential or commercial property or would if like to schedule a consultation with one of our contractors, give us a call today!

Asphalt Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Many Years Does an Asphalt Roof Last?

    • With regular maintenance, your Organic Asphalt Roof should last you 20 years or more. If you choose to use the Fiber Cement Asphalt shingles it will last an average of 25 years. ​

  • How Can I Tell When My Roof Needs To Be Replaced?

    • Some of the big warning signs that you need a new roof are pretty noticeable. For example, if your shingles are curling at the ends, cracked, have bald spots, if it looks old and worn, if you dark streaks where some areas are darker than others, also if you have moss or mold growing under your tiles. These signs are very easy for you to see and could mean that your roof is failing and needs to be replaced.

  • What Is the Most Common Roof Shingle?

    • As far as the United States is concerned the most common asphalt shingles are the Fiberglass asphalt shingle.

  • What are Impact Resistant (IR) Shingles?

    • Impact resistant shingles are designed with a thicker gauge base mat, and composed of more flexible materials than standard shingles. Their durability rating is established by administering the UL 2218 impact test. Shingles are granted a rating of Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 based on the degree of impact they can withstand without cracking. The highest rating is Class 4, offered by most major roofing manufacturers. To evaluate according to Class 4 criteria, a 2-inch steel ball is dropped from a height of 20 feet directly onto the shingle being tested. If the mat of the shingle does not crack on impact, the shingle receives Class 4 impact rating. To achieve Class 3 rating, the shingle must withstand a 1 ¾-inch steel ball dropped from 20 feet.

  • Will My Insurance Go Up if I Get a New Roof?

    • This answer could go either way; it really depends on your homeowner's insurance. Most insurance companies will cover replacing your roof if the damage was caused by something out of your control, such as hail, storm damage, falling objects, or fire. If you submit a claim, you might get a new slightly higher rate, or your rate might decrease because you are taking steps to make your home safer. If you have questions about your insurance rate, the best person to contact is your insurance agent. 

  • What is the Best Time of Year to Get a New Roof?

    • The best time of year to get a new roof is generally Fall or Spring, as the temperature ranges anywhere from 45 to 85 Fahrenheit. However, we all know Black Hills weather can be unpredictable, so the best thing to do is give us a call if you have questions about a new roof; we are available all year round.