asphalt shinglesIs it time to update your home and replace your roof? A new roof is a big investment, and requires a little research. There are a lot of different material options and it can be a bit overwhelming at first to know which one is the best choice for you. If you are considering asphalt shingles, here are the most important must-knows about this product.

There are two main types of asphalt shingles: fiberglass and organic. Organic shingles are based on waste paper that is saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. There are adhesive salt coatings and ceramic granules embedded into the top. Fiberglass shingles are crafted with glass fiber on the base reinforcing mat. They are coated with asphalt and has mineral fillers to make it waterproof. Fiberglass shingles are extremely fireproof, whereas organic shingles are more durable.

Advantages of Asphalt Shingles:

#1: They’re affordable!
Asphalt shingles are usually the best-priced option for roofs and this is why so many homeowners prefer them. If the roof shingles are properly installed, they can protect your home for up to 30 years.

#2: There are a lot of style options.
No matter what your style, you can find a type of asphalt shingle that fits your style preferences. There are laminated, premium, and 3-tab versions and whether you have a contemporary or traditional style home, there will be the right match to fit your home. They are offered in a variety of colors as well, including multiple browns, blue, green, red, gray, tan, and much more. There are also different patterns available that can allow you to make your home stand out and be completely unique from neighboring homes.

#3: They’re easy to install.
Asphalt shingles can be easily installed by a roofing contractor very quickly. They are lightweight enough to be installed without additional structural support and there are no special tools or major prep work that need to be done for installation.

Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles:
Asphalt shingles can be damaged if they’re installed during freezing temperatures and because they are not as high quality as other roofing materials, they are more susceptible to wind lifting and can crack easily during varying temperatures. In addition, these types of shingles are not environmentally-friendly and when they are manufactured, they produce greenhouse gas emissions.

Overall, asphalt shingles can be a great addition to your home! Have questions? Contact Pacific West Roofing today!

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