A shingle roof is the most popular type of roof in the United States. A roof covered by modern asphalt shingles may provide years of worry-free living if done correctly. Our staff at D&W Windows and Sunrooms would like to share 5 facts about the lovely, long-lasting, asphalt shingle roofs with you.

5 Facts About Shingles:

  1. Weather extremes are hard on shingles.

Extreme temperatures, especially those with a large range of temperature fluctuations, can cause asphalt shingles to crack, break, and/or deteriorate over time. This might be due to low-quality shingles, but none are completely immune to weather extremes.

  1. There are 2 types of asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles are divided into two categories: organic and fiberglass. 1) Organic shingles, which are created by saturated waste paper with asphalt, and 2) Fiberglass shingles, in which a reinforcing glass fiber mat is coated with asphalt. However, organic shingles are better at preventing moisture than asphalt shingles. Both types of shingles resist water well, although organic ones are more combustible. Fiberglass shingles, which are currently more prevalent, are stronger and give superior fire protection.

  1. Most shingles are recyclable.

Shingles are environmentally friendly since the material (old shingles) can be recycled. There are truly “green” shingles on the market, comprised of a variety of recycled materials, which are quite resilient.

  1. Light colored shingles protect from heat.

The term “urban heat island effect” refers to the phenomenon in which lighter colors absorb heat. Dark roofs may actually create enough heat to raise local temperatures, according to studies, since dark colors absorb heat while light ones reflect it. White, gray, and blue shingles all help to keep your home more comfortable while also lowering heating bills. In northern climes, such as Michigan, where the length of the cold winter season is shorter than in southern areas, homeowners with light-colored roofing benefit from a larger savings.

  1. Asphalt shingles are an affordable investment.

When a professional roofing contractor installs asphalt shingles, they are the most cost-effective of all roofing materials. Most asphalt shingles have a guaranteed lifespan of 15 to 30 years, making cost vs. longevity an easy one.

If you are in need of a roof repair or replacement, contact us at 1-800-833-9831!