Definitive Roofing Guide: Asphalt Shingles

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Definitive Roofing Guide: Asphalt Shingles

Roofing | Whether you need to replace your roof or you are merely considering your options, one of the first things that you need to think about is what roofing material to use. There are many choices, but one of the most popular ones is asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are very common in many parts of the world, but before you make your decision, you should be clear on what they are and what you can use them for.


Essentially, an asphalt shingle consists of a flat rectangular base that is then covered along one surface with crumbled minerals of some kind. Slate is one common component for asphalt shingles, as are quartz, brick, stone and ceramic. Because shingles have been around for a very long time, the base has changed dramatically. Long ago, the base of asphalt shingles were made of wood, but today, they are typically made of fiberglass for improved strength and durability.

Best locations

Asphalt shingles do best in climates where the weather is consistent. This does not mean that cold weather or hot weather is better. It does not matter how cold or how hot the ambient weather gets as long as it stays relatively consistent. Another thing that should be considered is that overcast is better than sunny. Overall, the biggest source of damage to asphalt shingles is sunlight. Over the course of years, the shingles become brittle due to the exposure to sunlight and oxygen. In some cases, the use of solar reflecting shingles can help fend off this issue for a little while


One of the biggest issues with asphalt shingles is that they are prone to damage from moss and debris. These substances will cause the shingles to discolor, and over time, they will hasten the deterioration that occurs. You can clean up moss and debris as they occur, or they can be killed with a copper sulfate or zinc chloride solution that is then carefully and thorough rinsed away. Some people choose to install copper strips around the roof to prevent moss from taking hold. If you see black algae growth, scrub the entire area with diluted bleach.

Right price, good color

Two of the most important advantages when you are looking at roof types is the price and the color. Asphalt shingles are quite inexpensive, and in many cases, they will be the least expensive option available to you when you are looking at repairing or replacing your roof. On top of that, because of the manmade nature of the shingles, they can be colored nearly anything that you like. This means that not only will you get an inexpensive roof, you will get one that matches the rest of your home. – Modernize

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