Asphalt shingles are being used on many homes in North America, which makes them one of the most popular roofing solutions on the market. They’re meant to protect a home from weather and other harsh conditions for many years with very little maintenance, and they can come in a variety of color and style options.
Asphalt shingles are also easy to install, which makes them attractive for roofing companies that want to offer an economical solution to their clients. While getting a new roof isn’t a cheap project, they’re one of the most affordable options available. If your roof deck is in good condition, they can be installed over your old shingles.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
There are three main types of asphalt shingles, and each one is better suited for certain types of homes. These include:
- Strip Shingles — Also called 3-tab shingles because of the way they’re cut, strip shingles are the most basic of all the available options. They’re made out of a single layer of asphalt, and they have a flat-looking appearance that can resemble the look of slate. Because they only use a single layer, they cost less than other options and aren’t as heavy. Before designer shingles were introduced in the 1980’s, they were the primary type of shingles on the market. They were the best option for home builders who wanted to build inexpensively.
- Dimensional Shingles — Also called architectural or laminate shingles, dimensional shingles are the most widely used on the market today. They’re made of two or more layers of asphalt that have been fused together so they have a more multi-dimensional appearance, and they’re meant to look like wood shake or natural slate.
- Luxury Shingles — These are the most high-quality asphalt shingles on the market because they’re manufactured with a special lamination process, and they have an appearance and functionality that outclasses dimensional shingles. Not only do they provide a better level of protection against weathering and wear, but they also offer a type of quality, coloration, and dimensionality that you won’t find on any other type of asphalt shingle.
Be sure to speak to a roofing professional for more information.
The Benefits of Asphalt Shingles
Due to more advanced methods and the properties of asphalt, manufacturers are able to produce a number of specialty options. This can include shingles that are more resistant to algae growth, have better protection from hail damage, and use new technologies that can reflect heat from the sun. Asphalt shingles also have a natural fire resistance, which can be a great choice for areas that experience a great deal of wildfires.
If you want more information about all the different options on the market, Bayfront Roofing is here to help. We have years of combined experience in many areas of roofing, and we can come up with a solution that’s right for your home. Be sure to speak to one of our roofing professionals. We would be happy speak to you about your needs!