There are several popular types of roofing materials from wood shingles and shakes to slate and ceramic tiles. There are many options available for any budget.
However, for most residential properties and commercial properties with sloped roofs, the most popular choice is still asphalt shingles.
Why are asphalt shingles so popular?
The quick answer is that nothing beats the cost of an asphalt roof and the durability for the price you pay. As you will see, asphalt roofing comes in almost any style and color you could want. These options mean that homeowners rarely have to look further than high-quality asphalt shingles to find the style to complement their homes.
Two Kinds of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles come in two forms: three-tab and dimensional shingles.
When you think of asphalt shingles, you are probably picturing a three-tab shingle, which is an older style and is declining in popularity.
Asphalt shingles have come a long way from this straight and flat look. Dimensional shingles will appeal to any homeowner looking for style at any budget point. They can be made to mimic the look of slate tiles or cedar shakes without the risk of fire that cedar shakes can pose. In addition, they come in a large variety of other colors, styles, patterns, shapes, and profiles.
Composition of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles aren’t a single material, like slate or wood. Asphalt shingles are made of an asphalt-coated fiberglass mat. The asphalt helps these shingles to remain flexible in extreme cold, which is essential as houses aren’t as stationary as you think.
Roof decking expands and contracts with heat and cold. If a shingle can bend, it will help it maintain its integrity and durability against water and the elements.
On top of this asphalt coating, ceramic granules are embedded to form a coating that protects the shingle against UV rays from the sun and algae which causes those unsightly black streaks. It’s these granules you need to watch out for in your gutters. If you see too many, that’s one of the signs your asphalt roof is at the end of its life.
Top Asphalt Shingle Brands
At Renovations Roofing & Remodeling, Inc., all of our project managers and crews are educated and certified to install a roofing system that meets or exceeds all specifications for proper installation requirements including local building codes.
These certifications also allow us to offer a full line of extended warranties. We work with two of the top brands in the roofing industry and have attained high-level certifications from these companies:
- GAF Master Elite™
- Owens Corning™ Platinum Preferred
These top brands have an overwhelming array of dimensional asphalt shingles to choose from. Here are some of the highlights offered by each:
Owens Corning Duration Shingles create a high-end appearance. They include a lifetime warranty and additional warranty protection against high wind speeds and algae.
GAF Timberline Shingles come with a GAF Golden Pledge Warranty. It covers the entire roof including installation, removal and disposal costs with the purchase of five GAF accessories at the time of your purchase.
In conclusion, asphalt shingles come in so many options: colors, styles, shapes, and profiles. You don’t have to sacrifice a high-end look for your budget when you go with one of the top brands we work with on a regular basis.
If you live in Southeast Michigan, please contact us. We would be honored to answer any questions and to help you make the best choice for your new roof.