Over 75-percent of the homes in the United States have asphalt shingles on their roofs. The durability of an asphalt shingle makes it popular with homeowners. These shingles come in many colors and styles. When properly installed and maintained, asphalt shingles can last for 20 to 40 years.
Asphalt shingles are the most used on roofs. Organic-based shingles are constructed using felt paper and an asphalt backing. These are heavy and are considered to be more durable than fiberglass asphalt shingles. The asphalt content is more significant.
Organic shingles are easier to manipulate because they are more flexible. Organic-based shingles can absorb water and warp. As a result, many contractors and homeowners choose fiberglass for shingles, especially in southern and central states.
Fiberglass asphalt shingles are thinner and weigh less. These shingles are easier to install as a result. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are naturally fire-resistant, and they usually offer a longer warranty than organic shingles.
Higher quality shingles cost more. Three-tab shingles are the most popular, but architectural shingles are being used more and more. Architectural shingles are considered easier to install, and they minimize wavy lines and visible imperfections. These shingles can have a longer warranty as the result of the reduced risk of damage caused by improper installation. There can be problems with bulging and waving if 3-tab shingles are installed incorrectly. Check with the contractor chosen to do your roofing, and compare the cost difference.
When selecting asphalt shingles, check the warranties, and be sure the brand you select meets industry standards. The ASTM D-225 standard is what you want in organic-based shingles. Fiberglass asphalt shingles should meet the ASTM D-3462 standard. Warranties will range from 20 to 45 years, depending on the manufacturer.
Asphalt shingles have long been the most popular choice for both homes and commercial buildings. The popularity is due to cost, appearance, safety and durability. No matter which type of asphalt shingle you decide to install, make sure you hire a professional contractor so the installation is done properly.