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Asphalt Shingled Roofing
Asphalt Shingles: Sometimes called composition shingles, about 80% of all pitched roofs in the USA are covered with these. Shingles are installed on sloped roofs which rely on gravity to keep the water flowing down off the shingles.
There are two kinds of asphalt shingles, organic or fiberglass. Organic asphalt shingles have a cellulose fiber base made of recycled paper and wood fibers then coated with asphalt and a mineral coating placed on the front side to resist weathering. Fiberglass use a base of fiberglass to give the shingle more strength and flexibility then the base is treated with asphalt and a mineral coating applied just like the Organic composition.
Life expectancy is 20 to 30 years with the fiberglass composition on the higher end. Asphalt Shingles when install correctly require no maintenance besides storm damage repair or critter removal and repair. Roof leaks occur mostly at weak points around perforations at vent stacks, chimneys and skylights. Leaks also occur because of lax installation protocols, inadequate attic ventilation, and storm damage
Asphalt 3-Tab Shingles
Asphalt Architectural Shingles
Asphalt Premium Shingles
3 options of asphalt shingles
to choose when replacing a roof. Pretty much the quality goes from good to better and finally best:
(strip) are arranged with cutouts or tabs along the long bottom edge this will make the shingle appear to look like 3 separate pieces when installed. They are the least expensive shingle type available. Consequently, they are thinner than other types of shingles and have a shorter lifespan.
Dimensional or architectural shingles
are Laminated shingles which are thicker, multi-layered to produce a 3-dimensional look on a roof- providing more texture than 3-Tab shingles. They are also more expensive, heavier in weight, and have longer warranty ranging from 30-years to Lifetime.
are also laminated shingles made to look like natural shingles made of wood or slate for a roofing system that mimics traditional luxury shingles. They usually have lifetime warranties because they are a very substantial shingle with improvements of impact resistance, UV-rays’ reflectivity and a longer lifespan of 50 years or longer. Luxury shingles are the most expensive type of asphalt shingle.
When you notice shingles that are curling, broken, missing or any with popped nails, it's time to contact a roofing contractor that lives in your area-
repair a small problem before it becomes large.
Think of your safety and the emotional anguish to your family should you get injured or worse before deciding to climb up on the roof to check for damage or leaks. Asphalt shingled roofs are slippery to walk on because walking on them is trying to walk uphill and downhill on very small ceramic granules. Definitely, don’t go up on your roof during a hard rain or strong winds the footing is treacherous and the wind is harsher on top of a roof because there is nothing in its way to be a wind break. If you must get up on a roof, tie yourself to something that won’t move or break- not a car that could be driven away by another family member or a tree limb that may break.
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