- Description: Most common and least expensive type of roofing material.
- Life Expectancy: 20 to 30 years.
- Maintenance: None
The most popular choice in roofing material is the asphalt shingles. They are many reasons to their popularity. According to researches, asphalt shingles are used by 75% of homeowners in America.
The reason why they are so popular is because they are available in various price ranges and are also available in variety of sizes. The warranty period has really extended over the years. It can vary from 20 to 40 years.
The cheapest shingles on the market are the 3Tab shingles. They are the cheapest roof system available. But most commonly shingles these days are the dimensional -also known as structural- shingles. They have been prevalent since quite a long time but there is a growing trend for architectural shingles too. The home owners are moving towards these shingles because although the architectural shingles are a little more expensive, they are easy to install and you don’t need much maintenance either. The lines appear straight and neat and help hiding imperfection on your roof structure (wood framing and plywood). Thus these shingles have a longer warranty period too.
On the other hand great care is to be taken by the roofer when he is installing dimensional shingles to see that they are installed in straight lines. They are so designed that they give an effect of shadows and designs, so slight imperfection in laying down the design is not visible.
Hence you must select the proper shingles and proper roofing contractor for your house with utmost care. If they are not properly installed they can cause sever water damage and subsequent high repairing and maintaining costs.
We will help you select the type of shingle, color and ventilation system best suited for your home or commercial establishment.