Auburn Roofing: Article About Asphalt Shingle Benefits
There are many choices in roofing materials available to today's homeowner. Depending on the climate of their region and the pitch of the roof, homeowners can choose from slate, wood shakes, tile or asphalt shingles. Some homeowners even choose a living roof to top their home. With all of these choices available, nearly two thirds of all homes are roofed with asphalt shingles. What is it about this product that makes it so popular a choice for Auburn roofing customers?
Asphalt shingles are made from a paper or fiberglass backing infused with a water resistant material, usually a mixture of asphalt and other substances. The backing is then coated with granules of sand or other materials designed to reflect and disperse the sunlight away from a home's roof. Because they are simple to manufacture, and can be purchased in bulk quantities, they are very affordable, especially when compared to materials like slate.
Asphalt shingles are easy to install and repair. Many times, all that is required to install shingles are a hammer and nails. Of course, experienced contractors have the skills that it takes to make sure that the shingles operate at their very best.
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Because they are easy to install, the cost of labor to install them is much lower than other labor intensive roofing materials.
Made of lightweight materials, shingles are a relatively light roofing material. This means that a home's trusses and decking do not have to be specially constructed to be able to hold the weight of the shingles. This helps the roofer who has to carry them to work at a faster pace than a roofer who is installing slate or tile roofing materials. It also means that a shingled roof can hold up to a heavier snowfall than a slate or tile roof because most of the roof's load bearing capacity is available to hold the extra weight of the snowfall and not tied up supporting the shingles themselves.
Depending on the quality of the shingles and the installation techniques, a shingled roof can last up to 30 years. Some manufacturers like GAF offer a 50 year warranty on roofs installed by their Master Elite certified roofers using their premium shingles. A warranty that good makes the cost per year of this shingled roof extremely affordable.
Most importantly, shingles have proven themselves an effective roofing choice in America for the last 100 years. The fact that so many roofs are covered with asphalt shingles is due to more than tradition. Asphalt shingles do the job they were designed to do, and they do it affordably and efficiently.