Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material used for modern day roofs. They are a breeze to install and can often be completed in less than a day. Asphalt shingled roofs are the cheapest and last between 15-30 years. When installed in cooler climates, these roofs last towards the latter half of the range. With a variety of color options available, it is easy to customize the color design of your roof. If installed in a warmer climate, choose lighter colors to help keep your house cooler in the summer.
Unfortunately, asphalt shingles are not eco-friendly because they are difficult to recycle. Few companies offer the option to recycle shingles into asphalt used for building roads, and they usually end up at landfills. They are poor insulators of heat and are not energy efficient. For example when the hot summer sun shines on your roof, the shingles absorb the heat and transfers it into your home, requiring your house to use more energy to keep your house cool.
Asphalt Roof Maintenance and Care
- Monitor for holes, cracks, or loose shingles
- Monitor for growth of moss and algae
- Keep roof free of debris
- Fix impaired roof integrity as needed
- Use Zinc or Lead control strips to treat moss and algae
- Keep gutters clear to allow water to properly drain
- Trim tree branches to avoid contact with the roof
Asphalt shingled roofs are among the most popular roofs out there due to all of their benefits. If you’re considering an asphalt shingled roof or would like to find out about other roofing options, shoot us an email or give us a call, and we would be happy to help you out!