Asphalt roofs are generally more affordable than metal or tile roofs, and they are extremely versatile. Most homes are built to support an asphalt roof, whereas other options like tile, require a reinforced roofing structual system to support the additional weight.
Different Types of Roof Shingles
There are three main types of shingle material available today – asphalt, clay tiles, and metal. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but all are durable and weatherproof. The type of shingle you choose will depend on what you want from your roof. For example, if you like the look of wood shakes, then you should probably stick to asphalt shingles. If you prefer a smooth finish, then you might want to go for clay tiles. Metal shingles are great because they last longer than any other type of roofing. Tile roofs are beautiful, but they can be difficult to clean and replace. Other options beyond asphalt, clay, and metal may be options to consider. Slate roofs are very durable, but they can be expensive to install. Wood shake roofs are inexpensive, but they tend to leak, and they are not a good choice for dry, fire-prone regions like Colorado. Composition shingle roofs are made from recycled plastic bottles and are environmentally friendly.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are made out of bitumen which is a natural tar-like substance found in coal. Bitumen is mixed with sand and gravel and heated to form sheets of asphalt. These sheets are then cut into strips and applied to the roof using special tools called applicators. Once installed, asphalt shingles are waterproof and fireproof. This makes them ideal for roofs exposed to weather, especially rain. They are also resistant to most forms of decay.
There are two types of asphalt shingles: standard and fiberglass. Standard asphalt shingles are made from mixtures of asphalt, cement, sand, and gravel. Fiberglass shingles are made by coating glass fibers with asphalt. The fiberglass gives the shingle its strength and durability. Both types come in three different styles: shakes, tiles, and panels. Shakes are small pieces of asphalt that resemble crushed stone. Tiles are large squares of asphalt. Panels are long rectangular sections of asphalt.
How long do Asphalt Shingle Roofs Last?
A shingle roof will last between 20 and 30 years, depending on the type of material used, and the conditions the roof is exposed to. If you live in an area that has high winds or hail storms like Colorado Springs, having a quality roof installed by a trustworthy roofing contractor is of utmost importance.