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Asphalt Shingles - Function and Style
Asphalt shingles are a proven roof covering material that is available in many styles, shapes and colours. Architectural shingle types - such as laminates - are rapidly gaining in popularity. Asphalt shingles are suitable for most residential applications. In fact, industry estimates show approximately 80% of the total residential roofs are covered with asphalt shingles. Properly installed asphalt shingles will not only effectively shed water off the roof; they will enhance the beauty, character and value of your home. Lastly, asphalt shingles are backed by a warranty typically ranging from 20 years to Lifetime.
Making Asphalt Roofing Products
Asphalt Roofing Products are manufactured in a continuous process using organic felt or fiberglass mat as the core materials on which other components are layered. The organic felt is saturated and coated with hot asphalt and the top surface is then covered with a protective layer of coloured, U.V. resistant ceramic granules. The fiberglass mat is coated with hot asphalt and the top surface is then covered with a protective layer of coloured U.V. resistant ceramic granules.
ADVANTAGES OF ASPHALT SHINGLES
Affordable Cost: Compared to other roofing products, asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive.
Peace of Mind: Asphalt shingles have been around for over 100 years. They have a proven track record in our harsh climatic conditions.
Availability: Asphalt shingles are commonly available at most lumberyards.
Suitability: Asphalt shingles are available in a wide selection of sizes, styles and colours, suitable for most residential applications.
Warranty Coverage: Asphalt shingles are protected with warranty periods ranging from 20 years to Lifetime, which will suit any budget and needs.
User-Friendly: Experienced Do-It-Yourselfers can apply asphalt shingles successfully.
Low Maintenance and Easy Repairs: Other more expensive roofing products can require more maintenance, specialized tools, can be more difficult to repair and almost always require professional installation.
Asphalt shingles meet other roofing material types
In the roofing industry, there are currently other, more expensive materials available to cover roofs. Some products include Metal or Wood shingles and Concrete or Slate tiles, these materials generally require professional installation which can be quite expensive. Some of these products are quite heavy on the roof structure and are not necessarily suitable for all roof types. The maintenance required to keep these products looking good surpasses by far the low maintenance required with asphalt shingles.
Choosing the right shingles for your roof
Many variables will guide you in the decision of which shingle type is suitable for your dream roof. The choice of shingles must consider the budget available, the style of the roof and its slope, the warranty coverage desired, and the reputation and track record of the roofing products manufacturer
Investing in regular maintenance of your residential roofing system is a smart decision. With regular care you will likely avoid major roof repairs that can cost you a lot of money. To find a reliable company for your regular roof maintenance needs, you’ll need to shop and compare.
Because there are different types of roofs, your maintenance needs and maintenance frequency will vary depending on the type of roof you have. Some of the most common residential roofing types include sloped roofing (asphalt, cedar, steel shingles) and flat roofing (EPDM or tar and gravel).
It is important that you choose the right roofing material for your residential roof. Compare the life span of various residential roofing systems and pick a residential roofing system that meets your requirements. Naturally if you choose one made from good quality roofing materials, you will extend the lifetime of your residential roof. Shop and compare various roofing systems before your install your roof. Cherry and Clark Roofing offers more than ten different roofing systems.
When you are choosing your roofing material and roofing company you must check for the lifespan of your residential roofing, choose a material that lasts long and a roof type that requires minimal maintenance. However, it is also important to choose a roofing company that offers a comprehensive guarantee on the installation as well as on the roofing material. You should expect service and support when its needed. Your roofing company should be prompt in attending to your service calls and maintenance calls so that the lifespan of your roof is maximized. One of the most common problems with residential roofing in general is roof leakage. Only highly experienced companies will be able install “the perfect” roof. So always work with companies that have several years of experience in the industry and companies that have good reputation. Do your homework and read what past customers have to say about the various residential roofing companies in your area.