When you picture the word roof what image comes to mind? Is a darkish gray roofing installation made up of flat, rectangular pieces what you see? If so that makes perfect sense because according to Consumer Reports, asphalt shingles roofs like this one are by far the most common type of roofing in the United States.
Also known as bitumen, asphalt can appear in liquid or semi-solid form, and is found in natural deposits and or in refined products. The material is largely used for road construction but its waterproofing properties have become particularly sought after in roofing. The black, sticky, potent substance in its natural form is the perfect base to adapt for durability.
Asphalt shingle roofing is kind to the environment on two fronts. First, its ability to reflect heat from the sun, means the materials helps regulate internal temperatures of the home, foregoing the need for cooling systems. Second, asphalt shingles can extend their lifetime by being recycled as raw material for new roads, contributing to a circular economy.
An important consideration for any roof is the weight. Depending on its age or construction, your home may not be able to support certain materials, especially heavy ones like clay tiles or slate. Luckily, asphalt shingles—especially the 3-tab ones—are incredibly light and work with most any home.
The two forms of asphalt shingles is organic and fiberglass. Organic asphalt shingles is made with a base of natural materials like cellulose, wood fibers and waste paper, which is then soaked in asphalt for its waterproofing capabilities, after which a top coat of asphalt is applied. Fiberglass asphalt shingles in turn is made of glass fibers instead of natural materials, following the same process as the organic version. The key difference here is fiberglass’ increased resistance to fire, which organic doesn’t fair well in because of the presence of paper and wood.
When asphalt shingles became popular in the early 1900s, they were only available in two colors: green or black. Today, however, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors, from classic black to natural earth tones and contemporary reds, blues, and greens. Modern shingle roofing can also be beautifully textured to mimic slate, wood, or tile—making the roof safer and lower maintenance without sacrificing style.
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