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Shingles are a predominant roofing material, and they come in different types and styles. Shingles are popular because they are inexpensive, not complicated to install, durable, and give a fantastic finish or presentation. If you are thinking of installing shingles on your residential roof but do not know where to start, the contractors at Anderson Metal Roofing and Shingles are here to assist you.
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Types Of Shingles Available
Our Oconee County roofing experts offer the following types of shingles:
Asphalt is the most common roofing material; 75% of the single-family homes in the United States have an asphalt roof. However, that number is dwindling gradually as people have increased their use of durable and more energy-efficient metal roofing. Nonetheless, asphalt still dominates the market because the material is affordable, available in an array of options, and has excellent resistance to nature’s elements.
When considering this material for roofing your home in Anderson or the surrounding area, you will have two types of asphalt shingles to choose from; they are:
These shingles are made from a fiberglass mesh mat, which is covered in asphalt and topped with colored granules design to reflect much of the sunlight. Fiberglass shingles are lightweight and highly resistant to tearing.
Organic Asphalt Shingles
These shingles are mostly a product of recycled paper that’s saturated in asphalt then covered with granules. As a result, the shingles tend to be heavier and harder than their fiberglass counterparts. Because of their increased mass, they offer better stability against strong winds. While they may be one of the most common roofing materials you come across on homes, organic shingles have slowly been phased out over the last decade because their production is being discontinued. Most manufacturers have stopped producing these shingles because they are less waterproof, have a tendency of drying out and becoming brittle, and have a higher moisture absorption.
The Advantages of Asphalt Shingles
Some of the top reasons for considering asphalt shingles for your roof include:
- Asphalt shingles are a highly affordable roofing option offering a wide variety of styles and colors.
- The shingles can be a roofing solution that lasts 30 or more years once installed, especially on homes in regions with a moderate climate like upstate South Carolina has.
- Fiberglass shingles provide exceptional fire resistance and protection.
- The shingles provide a fabulous finish that looks good on nearly any home design or style.
- If you are thinking of upgrading the roofing of your home before listing it on the market, then you can do this cheaply using 3-tab asphalt shingles.
- They are available in a broad selection of styles, and colors, including the inexpensive 3-tab singles that mimic slate or even shakes.
- You will not have to go beyond the standard roof sheathing when you are working with asphalt shingles.
- Most shingles are easy and cost-effective to repair.
- You can opt for a DIY installation if you have knowledge of the equipment and materials to use and are confident about your skills.
- The 3-tab asphalt shingles have a wind uplift rating of 60 – 70 MPH. The standard architectural shingles have a rating of 110 MPH, and the high-wind variety has a rating of 130 MPH.
- High-impact shingles such as those from GAF are suited for heavily-wooded regions and locations that experience significant hail.
The Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles
There are some downsides when you opt to install asphalt shingles on your home. You also should be aware of some of the drawbacks associated with the shingles, which include:
- The overall costs of shingles are higher compared to tile, slate, or metal roofing; this is because the shingles must be replaced more frequently due to the nature of their composition.
- Rapid temperature fluctuations can cause the shingles to cup and crack.
- Mold and algae can become an issue for shingles that are in shaded areas, and treating them is the only way to avoid this problem.
- The cheapest asphalt shingles available have a lifetime of about 10 – 15 years if they are installed in homes located in places that are hot and sunny.
- An inadequately ventilated attic traps heat that affects the lifespan of the shingles. The heat causes them to cup or crack.
- Organic asphalt shingles are heavy, thus getting them onto the roof in packs can be challenging.
- If the second layer of shingles was installed and it needs replacing, then all the existing layers must be ripped off to make room for a fresh layer; this becomes an extra expense for roof renovation.
- The asphalt shingles industry does boast of its products being recyclable to be used in other areas such as paving. However, few recycling facilities take the old shingles, and this makes the shingles the least eco-friendly roofing option.
Why Make Us Your Trusted Roofing Company?
At Anderson Metal Roofing and Shingles, we have years of experience and a sound reputation in the industry. We are a certified CertainTeed distributor. We are a company that understands how financially demanding roofing installations, repairs, and renovations can be, that is why we offer financing solution Hearth Financing.
Get in touch with us today to know more about our services and how we can assist you to renovate the roof of your residential or commercial building.