Everything you need to know about asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are a popular roofing material because of their affordability, easy installation, and versatility. Not only do they come in various styles and colours, but they also have impressive durability for their price point. In fact, most of the homes you see on the street likely have asphalt roofs!

Pneumatic Roofing Ltd. in Calgary are asphalt roofing specialists. They offer valuable information for homeowners considering an asphalt roof.

What are asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials available. But, despite their name, asphalt shingles are not made exclusively of asphalt. Instead, they’re made with fibreglass or felt paper. Asphalt shingles made from fibreglass have been the dominant choice since their development in the 1980s. 

Fibreglass shingles are lighter, less expensive, decently durable, and fire-resistant. Each shingle has multiple layers of different materials, and the first layer is a woven fibreglass mat that serves as the base. It is then coated with a waterproof asphalt coating. Finally, the top layer has ceramic granules that reflect UV rays.

Organic mat-based shingles use a recycled layer of felt paper. This variety contains more asphalt, which makes it heavier, thicker, and more expensive. Unfortunately, they are susceptible to warping over time.

Are there different types of shingles?

There are different classes of asphalt architectural shingles that range from Class 1 to Class 4. Class 1 and 2 are not high-quality, or recommended by Pneumatic Roofing. They would be an economical choice for a shed or playhouse in the backyard. Class 3 shingles are your typical 25-year, everyday shingle. Class 3 is what most homeowners choose for their roof replacement.

The strongest and most durable shingles are Class 4 architectural shingles. These shingles are hail impact resistant and can stand up to the toughest storms. Since they’re so robust, you’ll often get a discount on your homeowner’s insurance when upgrading to a Class 4 impact-resistant shingle.

Do they come in different styles and colours?

Asphalt shingles come in many styles and colours and are a fantastic aesthetic choice for many different homes. No matter your personal taste or exterior home design, there is an asphalt shingle for you. Additionally, asphalt shingles mimic the look of more expensive materials such as slate, wood, or tile. When installed properly, it’s nearly impossible to discern between asphalt shingles and these other materials.

How do I know if I need to replace my asphalt shingles?

You need to repair or replace damaged asphalt shingles. Damaged shingles are ones that are curling, cracked, lifting, or missing. Additionally, look for ceramic granules that can accumulate in your gutters and downspouts. If you notice these signs, contact your roofing contractor for an inspection.

How long do asphalt shingles last?

You can expect your asphalt shingles to last for 15-50 years. Weather, installation quality, and shingle quality affect your roof’s longevity. Class 4 shingles have the best durability and can last up to 50 years. Professional maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your asphalt shingles.

Roofing in Calgary

Pneumatic Roofing provides residential roofing services to Calgary homeowners. They specialize in installing, maintaining, and repairing asphalt roofs. At Pneumatic Roofing, they always deliver quality workmanship with transparent pricing. They work hard to ensure that you get the best price for your roof and an excellent customer experience!

Contact Pneumatic Roofing Ltd. today!

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