Roofing shingles come in many shapes, colors, and styles, but the most popular of all are those made from asphalt. The simple construction consists of immersing a specially created mat into hot asphalt and then covering the surface with ceramic granules. The design is so successful that it that creates a shingle most companies will guarantee for up to 30 years. Here are some secrets about the four most popular types of asphalt roofing tiles.
Beginning with a fiberglass matt covered in the asphalt coating, this shingle type is a favorite because the sections lay flat even in the worst conditions. Although the mat does not absorb as much asphalt as other fabric types, the fiberglass/asphalt combination is considered one of the best shingles on the market.
The original mats were made from paper, and they are still available across the United States today. These organic asphalt roofing sheets don’t last as long as other types of shingles, and they often curl in hot, tropical areas. However, contractors that work in cold climates love the organic style because the shingles are less brittle when they freeze then some other types.
The dimensional asphalt shingles have been trending over the past decade on new home builds. Some warranties guarantee a life of 30+ years because the mat is double-bonded before the asphalt is applied. These tiles have become a favorite of homeowners because of the three-dimensional illusion provided by the varying tabs. Also, there are many colors to choose from.
The three-tab asphalt shingles have been a favorite of contractor’s style since their creation. Although their alignment requires attention, when laid correctly, the shingles are an excellent product for home roofs. However, there is an added expense for an under-paper to ensure water doesn’t enter into the gap created where the tabs meet.
Talk to your contractor about the best type of asphalt roofing products available in your area. Having a contractor do the shingle installation will make sure the available roofing warranty covers your home.