Asphalt roofs are the most common roofing material in the US today. It is easy to see why they are the most common. Inexpensive, easy to install and significantly durable, asphalt shingles are a smart choice for many homes.
There are two different types of asphalt shingles available – asphalt composition shingles and architectural shingles. Both types of shingles are a light-weight and durable option for your home.
The most common type of shingle is the three-tab asphalt shingle otherwise known as composite shingles. These are the shingles that have been a standard on home for many years and are made from fiberglass components mixed with asphalt. This combination is then coated to provide the particular texture and color that you request for your asphalt shingles. The benefits of the composite shingles are:
- Ease of installation,
- Resistance to environmental factors such as wind and rain
- Guarantee that lasts 20 to 30 years depending on the manufacturer
Another type of asphalt roofing that gives your home a little more character is the architectural shingles. These shingles are higher quality than your standard composite asphalt shingles and give you an aesthetically pleasing look with more durability than standard composite shingles can provide. The major difference between architectural shingles and standard shingles is their three dimensional appearance giving you the ability to mimic expensive roofing options such as cedar shakes and slate but without the hefty price tag of either of those roof types. The benefits of architectural shingles include:
- Increased durability
- Aesthetically pleasing look that mimics more expensive roofs
- Longer warranties – some of which last the entire lifetime of the roof