Asphalt Shingles

There are several factors to consider when selecting what type of roofing material to use on the construction of their new roof. Homeowners should take into account their budget, the durability of the roofing material, the longevity of the roofing material, and aesthetics when making their decision. Asphalt shingles have been a popular choice for roofs in the United States for over a century. They are attractive and have many color choices. Many will have a lifespan of up to 30 years. Another reason asphalt shingles are so popular is their affordability. Asphalt shingles will not last as long as other premium roofing materials, such as clay tiles, slate, metal, and cedar shakes, but they do offer a good balance between cost, aesthetics, and functionality, according to Toms River roofing professionals.

There are two different types of asphalt shingles on the market for homeowners to choose from. Organic shingles are made from waste paper and covered with asphalt which makes them waterproof. They are also coated with adhesive salts and ceramic granules. Fiberglass shingles are crafted with a base layer of fiber which reinforces the mat. The mat is then saturated with asphalt that makes the mat waterproof with its mineral fillers. In general, organic shingles are known for being more durable than fiberglass ones. However, organic shingles can put a home at an increased risk for fire damage as they are more flammable.

It is also important for homeowners to note that even though they are organic, these types of shingles are not as eco-friendly as they have a high oil content within the asphalt. Most homeowners opt for fiberglass shingles.

Another benefit of asphalt shingles is that their installation is quite easy. This helps keep the cost of installation down as no special skills, training, or tools are needed to install them. In addition, asphalt shingles are lightweight, so most homeowners will not require extra structural support in order to have them installed. An asphalt roof can be installed within just one or two days, depending on the experience of the contractor and weather conditions in the local area.

Homeowners should also consider the disadvantages of asphalt shingles. These types of shingles can be damaged if they are installed when the outdoor temperatures are below freezing. Some homes can also have issues with attic ventilation when an asphalt shingle type is used. If cheaper grades of asphalt shingles are used, they can be easily damaged and torn off in the wind. Additionally, asphalt shingles are not crafted to be able to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations. Shingles can contract and expand which can lead to cracking. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ can answer your questions about roof repairs or gutters.

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Cedar shakes

Cedar shakes are a wood roofing material. They have a more natural appearance. They are hand sawn and tapered, which makes them look even more rustic. Cedar shakes are a popular roofing option as they can last up to 50 years.

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How does a homeowner choose the right shingle color for their home?

The homeowner should first check with their homeowners or community association if one exists, to be sure they are not restricted in their color choices. Homeowners should be aware that neutral colors, such as grays and browns, usually look best and will match with many different home colors. The homeowner can also ask their roofing contractor, realtor, or designer for help selecting a shingle color.

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