Asphalt roofing shingles are the most commonly used roofing material on residential homes in America due to its affordability and classic beauty.
The primary purpose of asphalt in roofing shingles is to serve as a waterproofing agent. It also holds the granules in place and helps to add to the overall strength of the shingle. The best asphalt stays flexible and will not dry out nor become hard or brittle for the expected life of the roofing shingle.
Strip Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Strip asphalt roofing shingles are single-layered asphalt roofing shingles typically designed to look like slate. These are usually the lightest weight asphalt roofing shingles available for residential homes. Built on a tough fiber glass base, each shingle provides resistance to blow-off and tearing. Strip roofing shingles are primarily installed by those building economy priced homes or purchased by homeowners as replacement roofing shingles for homes that already have strip shingles on the roof.
Dimensional Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Dimensional asphalt roofing shingles are manufactured as multi-layered products and provide a thicker and richer appearance on the roof (giving a "multi-dimensional" look). Dimensional roofing shingles are characteristically heavier in weight than strip roofing shingles and usually have better warranty protections ranging from 30-years to lifetime.
Premium Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Premium asphalt roofing shingles are generally called laminated shingles and have a differentiated appearance or functionality from traditional dimensional asphalt roofing shingles. These products may have designs that simulate “old-world” roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake roofing shingles. Premium roofing shingles provide a much superior aesthetic appeal. Premium asphalt roofing shingles might also have important functional improvements such as being more impact resistant or having built-in solar reflectivity that may extend the life of your home's roof and/or provide lower energy costs.
The majority of roofing shingles will provide 20 or more years of protection, but there are factors that play a big role in the longevity. Storm damages, sun and heat are just a few of many factors that can shorten your roof's ability to protect your biggest investment – your home. It's best to have your roof inspected once-a-year in order to catch any damage or potential issues. During a roof inspection, a professional roofer can find damages early and offer appropriate repairs at an affordable cost.
Installation and repairs of roofing shingles should be handled by a professional, trustworthy team like Monarch Roofing – and we offer a free roof inspection.
For more information on roofing materials, a full roof replacement, roof repairs or a free roof inspection, contact Monarch Roofing and one of our professionals can help you choose the best roof for your home.