There’s no wondering why asphalt shingles are among the most popular roofing materials. They’re lightweight, easy to install and available at a relatively low cost. They’ve been used for roofing applications since the earlier part of the last century. Thanks to advanced manufacturing techniques and innovation, they’ve become more popular than ever.
However, there’s more to them than just the above-mentioned qualities. Today, Pechacek’s General Contracting, your local siding and roofing pros, shares some facts about asphalt shingles you might not know about.
Asphalt shingles usually fall into one of two categories: traditional and laminate. Traditional shingles, with three-tab shingles being the most well-known variety, are an affordable option and are made with one layer of material. They can withstand most weather conditions and can last up to 20 years with proper upkeep. Laminate shingles, meanwhile, have two layers of material, the top part offering a more textured appearance. These extra thick shingles are also known as “dimensional” or “architectural” shingles, and they provide further protection against tear-offs.
The granules on the surface of asphalt shingles don’t just to give the entire roof covering its color. They also offer protection from the elements. Roof and gutter repair pros note that the granules can be combined with other features to bolster the roof’s functionality. For instance, copper granules can be added to asphalt shingle surfaces to inhibit algae growth. Other granules can give the shingles the ability to reflect heat coming from the sun, ensuring energy efficiency.
Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of colors and styles for added curb appeal. Highly versatile and beautiful, they also come in textures that imitate the appearance of authentic wood shakes or natural slate. If you’re looking for a new roof at an affordable price, asphalt shingles are the best choice for you.
Pechacek’s General Contracting offers top-of-the-line roofing products from the best manufacturers. We use the finest materials when working on all of our roofing jobs. We are proud to install materials from highly respected manufacturers like, among others, Certainteed, Owens Corning and GAF.
Our experienced pros also install new decks, gutters and siding. Call us today at (715) 425-9801 or (651) 332-4385 to get started. You can also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of River Falls, WI, and the surrounding communities.