Durable, cost-effective, and aesthetically adaptable; asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing product used in today’s residential roofing market. Asphalt shingles have proven resistant to a variety of damaging agents including fire, wind, hail, and even algae.
Since it’s initial development in the 1980’s, the fiberglass asphalt shingle has proven to have many advantages over the organic variety. The fiberglass mat requires less asphalt for durability and strength, and results in a thinner, lighter, and more dynamic shingle. The asphalt is further protected from ultraviolet light by the final granule layer, avoiding water penetration and/or leakage. Ultraviolet light can cause shingles to deteriorate, but the granules block UV rays and allow the shingles to achieve their full lifespan. In return, the asphalt serves as a cost effective waterproofing agent that holds the granules layer on the top and bottom of the shingle firmly in place.
The fiberglass mat is also far more fire repellant than organic mats. The fire safety rating of a roof ranges from class A, B, C, to “unrated”, and asphalt shingles usually get a class “A” rating. Exterior fires are a growing damage risk in many of America’s most populated residential areas, and asphalt shingles are an ideal response to that risk.
Asphalt shingles are simple to install with a low up-front cost. Because they have a strong reflective surface, they reduce air conditioning costs significantly. The lighter weight and durability makes fiberglass asphalt shingles easy to install, energy efficient, and particularly cost effective.
Another great advantage of asphalt shingle roofing is the wide-range of styles and colors it offers. Because it remains the most popular style of residential roofing, there is always a demand for the product to be versatile and adaptable. Whether you want an aesthetic uniform to your neighborhood or to contribute to the individual flare of your home, asphalt shingle roofing is your best bet for choosing an aesthetic that works for you.
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