Asphalt roofing: all you need to know

There are many factors involved when you decide to update your roof. As the first defense for your roof, you want shingles that are both strong and that will last for many years. Other factors include the cost of the roof, how much maintenance it requires and possibly the appearance.

For these reasons, many homeowners choose asphalt roofing as the preferred choice when it comes to the right balance between cost and benefits.

Active Roofing Ltd. in Edmonton is a full-service roofing company, including doing asphalt roofing installation. They share more of the information and benefits that asphalt roofing offers:

Types of asphalt shingles 

Asphalt shingles come in two different types of base materials: organic and fiberglass. Organic shingles use a base mat made up of recycled paper, wood fiber or other types of organic materials. The benefit of organic asphalt shingles is that they are incredibly durable and less prone to tearing, as well as less brittle than fiberglass shingles. However, with an organic base, they have a higher risk of fire damage.

Fiberglass, on the other hand, uses a base mat of glass fiber, making it less at risk of fire damage. Thanks to the glass base as well, it is much lighter, meaning it is easier to install. Fiberglass shingles also contain less asphalt than organic, making them a more environmentally friendly option. The downside, however, is that fiberglass is less ideal for extremely cold climates, as it can become brittle and break.

Design and appearance 

Asphalt shingles in general also come in a wide range of colours and textures, which can be chosen to customize your home. The design of the shingles though comes in two different options: architectural or 3-tab shingles. The latter is laid out in a strip of three evenly spaced tabs, creating a flat and uniform pattern. These are the most commonly used, as they are both lighter and cost less than architectural.

Architectural shingles can vary in shape and are both thicker and stronger than 3-tab shingles. These shingles are multi-layered and as such create a 3-dimensional appearance when installed. Because of their 3-D design, architectural shingles are better able to replicate the look of wood shingles.

Maintenance and benefits

When it comes to maintenance, asphalt roofing is one that requires very little. The care it does need is similar to the basic care of any other roofing. Clearing debris from the roof and gutters, as well as routine inspections,  will help prevent or catch problems early on. It is also important to replace any shingles that are damaged to prevent roof leaks or structural water damage.

In addition to the benefits of its low installation cost and maintenance, asphalt shingles are also very energy-efficient. They easily reflect sunlight, which helps keep your home cooler and keeps monthly bills down. Plus, with the availability of colours and designs, asphalt shingles can also easily enhance the visual appeal of your home. Read more about choosing the right asphalt shingle colour to compliment your home.

Roofers in Edmonton 

Active Roofing Ltd. offers only the best service and expertise when it comes to installing the right roof for your home. Whether it is upgrading an old roof, installing a new roof or just a basic repair, Active Roofing is the professionals to call.

Contact Active Roofing Ltd. today for any questions or to book an installation!

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