Are Asphalt Shingles the Choice for My Elizabethtown Home?
Asphalt shingles are a variety of roof shingles. They have become popularly used in Elizabethtown because they are inexpensive, economical, lighter and easier to install compared to tiles. They also have good insulation qualities compared to galvanized iron sheets. Moreover, in terms of aesthetics, they give the house a textured, classic and elegant look.
There are two types of asphalt shingles – organic and glass fiber. Organic shingles are generally made of waste paper soaked in asphalt, coated with adhesive asphalt and embedded with ceramic grains. Fiberglass shingles, on the other hand, have a base composed of glass fiber mat made from fiberglass mixed with resin. They are made waterproof by a layer of asphalt. A variety of fiberglass asphalt shingle has been introduced and is now known as the laminated shingle, which, as the name suggests, uses two layers laminated with sealant. It is much more costly yet also more durable.
These shingles are not only exceptional in terms of energy savings and aesthetics; they are also highly durable, lasting up to 50 years or more especially in geographic locations with cooler climates while wood shakes last for only about five to 15 years. Compared to other roofing materials, asphalt shingles require low long term and maintenance costs. Wood shakes and clay or slate tiles require high maintenance costs due to decay and water infiltration problems, respectively. Metal roofing, is, well, naturally prone to rusting and therefore needs additional expenses on paint coats. In addition, they also tend to be noisier than other materials during Elizabethtown rainstorms. In case of installation errors, asphalt is also less expensive to replace, unlike metal roofing materials.
Asphalt shingles are undeniably one of the most popularly used roofing materials not only in Elizabethtown and the rest of the U.S., but also around the world. They provide convenience through ease of use. They are also simpler to install and can be done even by homeowners themselves. They are the ideal roofing material and perfect replacements for the usual slate, wood roofing and terracotta simply because they are both reasonably priced and versatile. For more information, call your Elizabethtown roofing contractor about installation and local pricing.