Finding the best asphalt shingles is a vital part of getting the longest lasting roof. This also means that you will be looking for the best value. There are several types of shingles available that carry different expectancies for life span, and different warrantees, so you need to determine what the best product for your situation is. It would be nice to just buy the top of the line, most expensive product with a lifetime warrantee, but that is not practical and rarely is it affordable. Roofing materials need to be durable because they never take a day off. Whether it is a sunny day, or if it is freezing cold, whatever the weather, your roof is getting the harshest part of it.
Asphalt roofing shingles are the workhorse of the residential construction market. Shingles are the most commonly used covering by far. Asphalt is used as a binder to hold the shingle materials in place, but the primary purpose for asphalt in roofing shingles is to serve as a waterproofing agent. Asphalt also holds the granules in place, and this adds to the durability of the shingles while at the same time gives them a pleasing aesthetic look and adds to the overall strength of the roofing shingle. The highest grade asphalt will remain pliable and flexible, and will not dry out or become hard or brittle during its expected life span. There are three major categories of asphalt shingles that are available and they breakdown as follows:
Strip Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Strip asphalt roofing shingles are the lightest weight of all roof shingles available. They are single-layered asphalt and are designed to look like slate. They are built on a durable fiber glass base; each shingle contains wind resistance properties, and is resistant to tearing. Strip roofing shingles are most commonly chosen for use by home builders because they are economically priced for low to mid range homes. They are also the most popular choice of homeowners as replacement shingles
Dimensional Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Dimensional asphalt roofing shingles are manufactured to provide a thicker and richer appearance on the roof. Dimensional roofing shingles typically more durable, as well as a heavier weight than strip roofing shingles. Because of their durability, expect and improved warranty, which typically covers a range of about 30-years to Lifetime.
Premium Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Needless to say, Premium asphalt roofing shingles are laminated shingles that have a three dimensional appearance that is even more aesthetically pleasing than that of traditional dimensional asphalt roofing shingles. These products may have designs that emulate “old-world” roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake. In addition to providing excellent service life, these are premium roofing shingles that provide a classic and beautifully enhanced appeal. Premium asphalt roofing shingles also carry important functional improvements such as hailstone impact resistance or solar reflective properties that dramatically extend the life span of the roof. At the same time, these shingles allow for better energy efficiency that provides for lower heating and cooling costs.
Asphalt shingle experts in the Carolinas
It does not make sense to buy the best shingles available and then hire a sub-par contractor to install them. If you reside in Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, or the surrounding areas, you are fortunate to have Triad Installations as the premier roofing replacement in the region. Triad has been installing and replacing roofs for over twenty years. They provide the highest quality roofing materials and stand behind their work with a workmanship warranty. Call them today and they can help you with finding the best asphalt shingles for your home.