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Why Use Asphalt Shingles

Why Use Asphalt Shingles

Why Use Asphalt Shingles? Is asphalt shingle a favorite of yours? Professionals in the roofing business estimate that this is the case for nearly all U.S. homeowners. In this sense, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association states: This material is on four out of every five residences in the United States.


“Asphalt roofing looks even better when you stack it up against the competition: Metal, tile, slate, and wood,” the association notes. “None of these materials can match the wide array of benefits only asphalt roofing provides … the bottom line is you simply won’t find all these features in a single material… unless it’s asphalt.”

Why Use Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingles are low-cost, low-maintenance, and attractive. Asphalt shingles come in more colors and designs than any other shingle.

“While other types of roofs are available, we specialize in asphalt shingles because that’s what our customers want,” Yanni Avramidis, explains. “Customers today are educated. They research before they buy. They recognize the unparalleled value that asphalt shingles offer. The value and variety of many new styles and colors that are available today, combined with the longevity of a 50-year roof, make asphalt shingles the most popular shingle on the market.”

Let’s see what they’re made of.

What are asphalt shingles?

They consist of a base mat, asphalt, granules, and back surfacing.

Roofing contractors have preferred fiberglass base mats since the 1980s. The fiberglass base mat is lighter thinner and more fire-resistant than felt. Thanks to its strength and durability, it has a longer guarantee.

Manufacturers apply waterproofing asphalt coats to the fiberglass base mat. Besides, the asphalt strengthens the shingle. Also, it helps granules adhere to the base mat.

These fine, UV-resistant granules are pressed into the asphalt. Because of their opacity, they protect the asphalt from damaging UV rays.

Likewise, the back surfacing is a fine grain material coating put on the back of the shingles to avoid adhesion.

What Are the Different Types of Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingles come in four basic categories:

1.     3-tab shingles: They are easy to install and cheap shingles. They are the most basic and affordable asphalt shingle available.

2.     Architectural: Also called laminated shingles, they are the most popular shingle available. Architectural shingles combine exceptional value with a three-dimensional style. Examples: CertainTeed Landmark and Landmark Pro, CertainTeed Presidential Tri-laminate, CertainTeed Carriage House, CertainTeed Grand Manor.

3.     Interlocking: The interlocking design resists wind better. They are frequently used in windy or stormy areas, and their cost is higher.

4.     Large format: Slab shingles with no cuts or tabs. Many slate-look shingles are big. Large size-shingles, like interlocking shingles, resist wind better.

Can Asphalt Shingles Simulate Cedar Shakes or Slate?

Yes! Laminated asphalt shingles are designed to look like these styles. Moreover, they resemble more costly wood shakes.

Synthetic slate is also available from roofing suppliers. So, you can have a million-dollar-looking roof. But you will not have to pay that amount for it.

Cost of Asphalt Shingles

Jeff Frantz, CertainTeed’s Washington, D.C. metro area territory manager for roofing products, says:

“Asphalt shingles cost much less than other shingle types such as tile or slate,” 

“In addition, several options have 25-40% solar reflectivity.”

What Is the Importance of Solar Reflectivity?

You can reduce up to 15% of peak cooling demand by using Energy Star-qualified roofing materials. Besides, you can achieve this saving and additional cooling through correct installation and ventilation.

Also, using Energy Star-qualified items may help you be eligible for a federal tax credit equal to 10% of the material cost. 

Finally, consider that asphalt shingles may save you more money in the long term than the cost of materials themselves.

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

Post Oak Roofing provides a 50-year lifetime, non-prorated, transferable warranty on asphalt shingles. We know that properly installed asphalt shingles endure far longer than the average 10-15 years. An additional benefit of this guarantee is that it covers the entire replacement value.

Do Asphalt Shingles Take Much Upkeep?

The upkeep of asphalt shingles is minimal. They do not require cleaning, power washing, painting, or sealing. Clean regularly leaves and debris from crossing valleys on multi-level roofs. Clutter can hinder water flow to gutters.

Do You Want Asphalt Shingles for Your New Roof?

In an economical roof replacement, asphalt shingles are necessary. Post Oak Roofing specializes in CertainTeed roofing replacement and installation. 

Contact us for additional information or a free quote.

Call Post Oak Roofing in Tyler, Allen, Plano, and DFW, Texas at 469-363-6273 or contact us online to obtain an estimate, book a free in-home consultation or ask for any roofing concerns.