If you need to replace your roof or are building a new home, you have a number of different roofing material options. Asphalt shingles are probably the most common type of roofing material chosen for new roof installations today.
An asphalt shingle is an asphalt-saturated base made of fiberglass or an organic material that has been covered in additional asphalt on one or both sides before the top gets a coating of a mixture of mica, schist, quartz, slate, ceramic, or stone, while the back is covered with sand, talc, or mica to keep the shingles from sticking together.
The most common type of asphalt shingles are known as “three-tab”, which refers to the cut of the shingle and the way that it installs. Asphalt shingles and composition shingles can be found in a number of different shapes, however, as well as many different colors and styles.
Benefits of Asphalt Shingles
An asphalt shingle roof has a number of different advantages compared to other options. Here are just some of the reasons to choose asphalt.
Asphalt shingles are less expensive than other roofing materials, such as metal and slate. They are generally more lightweight and easier to install, helping reduce time and labor costs. And repairs to shingle roofs are usually less expensive as well.
Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors, styles, and textures, allowing for several options to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Architectural shingles are an option to consider over a standard 3-tab shingle, and they can help add more dimension to the appearance of your roof.
Asphalt shingles are environmentally friendly because they can be recycled. They are better in terms of the quality after recycling in comparison to other materials such as plastic, which degrade upon continuous recycling. In addition, some organizations have specialized in the disposal of shingles, and this ensures that only an insignificant fraction of shingles gets to the environment.
Asphalt shingles have a 100+ year proven track record in North America. They are generally easy to install and repair should any be damaged during storms. No additional structure is needed to carry their weight and no need for ice stops to be installed.
- Low Maintenance
Asphalt roofs don’t require much upkeep after they are in place and they have a long life-expectancy. Shingle roofs are durable and have excellent uplift resistance when installed properly, and have good fire resistance.
There is a reason why asphalt shingles are the top roofing choice for homeowners in Winston-Salem. If you are in need of a new roof, asphalt shingles may be perfect for you. Contact KNS Remodeling today and let us discuss the benefits of asphalt shingles in more depth with you and then provide you with an estimate for a new roof.