Roofing review of asphalt - Pros and Cons

Roofing review of asphalt - Pros and Cons

 

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A roof over our heads is the most basic form of shelter, it protects us from the elements, and is the sign of a real home. Deciding on a type of roof to use for your home is an important commitment.Today we are going to be discussing a common type of roofing known as asphalt shingles. I will explain what they are made of and the pros and cons of using asphalt shingles in the construction of your roof.

Asphalt shingles are arguably the most common type of roofing material chosen for new roof installations nowadays Asphalt shingles are usually the least expensive option for roofing, and are also among the most well known both by most homeowners and most roofers will have the most experience installing them. Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are created with an asphalt-saturated base made of fiberglass or an organic material that has been covered in more asphalt on one or both sides before the top gets an additional coating of a mix  of schist, mica, slate, quartz, stone, or ceramic with the back being covered with , mica, talc, or sand keeping the shingles from adhering to one another.

Pros to Asphalt Shingles:

The first advantage of Asphalt shingles over any other construction like metal roofing is cost and ease of installation. They are easy to put up and take down, also they can sometimes be layered on top of existing shingles, which can make them a first choice for roofers and homeowners alike. Pros of Asphalt Shingles

The granules on top of Asphalt shingles, help deflect some of the UV spectrum of the suns rays, helping keep the roof cool and protect it from damage. Asphalt shingles are also resistant to algae, which can form and damage other types of roofing materials.

Because of how common asphalt shingles are and how they are constructed, they come in a variety of colors, which can be used to match the color of the home you choose for you and your family.

Asphalt shingles typically have a lifespan of twenty years, so this needs to be taken into account when deciding what material to use.

 

Cons of asphalt shingles:

While asphalt shingles are common and fairly inexpensive to purchase and install, there are some drawbacks you would need to consider before choosing to use them for your home.

The granules that protect against some UV rays are vulnerable to impact from weather, like hail and falling trees, which can cause a leak. An excess of UV light and moisture, in certain climates can cause the shingles to curl and cause leaks as well.

If you intend to keep the home for longer than twenty years, asphalt shingles may not be the best decision, because the roof might need to be replaced within that time frame or sooner considering certain weather conditions.

These are the things to consider when choosing asphalt shingles for your roofing needs. Asphalt Shingles are the most common material used for roofing in Columbia MO.


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