Asphalt roofs are a popular and affordable roofing option preferred by many homeowners. However, as with any roof option, there are a few myths and misconceptions surrounding asphalt roofs. Some myths may stop you from choosing asphalt as an option, which is why it’s important to know the truth.
Roof-Ex in Edmonton is a professional residential and commercial roofing company. They share four myths of asphalt roofs and the truth behind them:
1. Dark shingles will increase your energy costs
It’s easy to think that since dark colours attract more light, getting dark shingles will do the same. In reality, having dark shingles won’t increase your cooling expenses, even in the summer. If your home has proper attic ventilation, then any heat that does build-up will be transferred back out. If, however, your attic does not have ventilation, then heat buildup may be an issue. Ventilation is key to the efficiency of your roofing system.
2. Asphalt shingles are all the same
There’s a lot more consideration involved with asphalts shingles, than just choosing asphalt. In truth, not all asphalt shingles are the same. Asphalt shingles themselves can be made as either organic or fibreglass asphalt. Some products are much better quality than others, designed to pass the test of time.
Design-wise too, you have the option to choose between 3-tab, architectural or luxury asphalt shingles. With that in mind, there are a lot of curb appeal and customization potentials in mind! Need help deciding? Look at this guide to help you choose asphalt shingles for your roof.
3. Once your shingles are on the roof, you can’t repair them
The right sealant will do its job and seal the shingles together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t separate them later. Sealed shingles can be separated by using a flat bar to remove the bond. That way, you can still do any repairs as needed, without the cost of an entire roof replacement. Just be sure to do it on a cooler day, as it will be easier. Also, make sure that you leave any repairs to a professional. DIY roofing can be dangerous unless you have experience and the right tools.
4. Asphalt shingles are made entirely from asphalt
Contrary to its name, asphalt shingles are not entirely made up of asphalt. Rather, there is a difference in the amount of asphalt involved in each type of shingle. It is still a key part of the shingles, but there are a few more layers and materials involved. Depending on whether you choose organic or fibreglass asphalt, the materials will differ.
Organic shingles have a base mat made of either wood fibre or paper waste. This is then saturated in asphalt to give it its waterproof quality. Fibreglass, on the other hand, have their base mat made up of glass fibre. The mat is coated with asphalt to also make it waterproof, but it also means it has less asphalt than organic.
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Roof-Ex is a family business with over 25 years of roofing experience. They guarantee that each of their customers gets the best roofing experience and quality, every time. They offer both residential and commercial roofing installation and minor leak repairs. So whatever your home needs, Roof-Ex can provide it!