The Various Differences Among Asphalt Roofing Shingles, And Why It May Matter


Once upon a time, all roofing shingles were asphalt -- unless you paid millionaire prices for wood or terra cotta, but almost all American homes had asphalt roofs. Now, even asphalt roofing services provide a few distinct and different options where asphalt shingles are concerned. The following information highlights these differences, and why they may matter to you.

Strip Shingles vs. Laminated or Dimensional Shingles

Walk into any hardware or home improvement store and you can buy a bulk package of asphalt strip shingles. They are the most basic, most common, least expensive, and flattest shingles you can buy. More importantly, they are called "strip" shingles because four or more shingles are attached to a single strip of roofing material that you nail down to the roof and layer on top of each other as you go up.

The strip shingles are vastly different from laminated or dimensional shingles. This fairly new shingle product is not flat in the least, and they have a laminated under-layer that helps them stay waterproof and resilient. They also last up to a decade longer than the ten to twenty years you get with strip shingles. The laminated/dimensional shingles need less maintenance, and there is less concern that they will peel up, curl back, or break in windstorms and/or blizzards.

Luxury Shingles

As the name implies, these are the top-of-the-line asphalt shingles. They are the most expensive asphalt shingles you can buy, but they also mimic wood and other types of shingles with such accuracy that it makes them impossible to resist. Their full, three-dimensional shape consists of a laminate layer and additional waterproof and weatherproof layers. Some manufacturers of luxury asphalt shingles even provide a forty- or fifty-year warranty.

Why These Differences May Matter to You

When you have to put a new roof on your home, you might opt for the most basic shingle. It protects your home, it gets the job done, and it is, at the moment, the most affordable option. However, if you are going to live in your home all your life, you are going to have to repeat this expense and process at least once more, maybe even twice. Inflation looms on the horizon, regardless of what you buy, which means that this cheap option will not be as cheap in the future. You may be better off investing in a more expensive asphalt shingle product now so you do not have to re-roof sooner and spend even more later.


17 August 2018

Keeping Your Home Dry

Has your home recently began to leak? Perhaps, you had to put a bucket under a leak in your kitchen the last time it rained at your house. If you can relate to this uncomfortable situation, consider talking with a professional roofer in your part of the country. An experienced roofer can examine your roof. Once this individual ascertains the state of your roof, he or she might recommend you repair it or replace it. If you decide to replace your existing roof, you’ll need to figure out if you want your roofer to install something similar to what you currently have or put up something drastically different. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most popular types of roofs roofers install on homes today. Enjoy!