One of the most common kinds of roofing materials is asphalt shingles. This style of roofing material has been installed by Houston roofing professionals for years, but what many homeowners don't know is that there are many different types. Just like with any other roofing material, each type of asphalt shingle has its own advantages. What homeowners are looking for in terms of design and overall functionality can help them determine which types of asphalt shingles are right for them.
With so many different types of roofing materials such as wood, clay and metal, it's amazing to think that asphalt shingles have withstood the test of time. One reason for this is their low price tag, making them an effective and cheap roofing solution. Although asphalt is easily damaged by the sun, the ceramic granules encrusted on the top help reflect the sun's rays. These types of shingles are also available in an array of colors, which makes it easy for homeowners to find their own style.
One type of asphalt shingle is the three-tab organic shingle, which is the standard style used on most residential roofs. It comes in strips that are nearly 3 feet long, and they are made of three asphalt tabs.
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In most climates, three-tab organic shingles last around 20 years. When they are properly maintained, it's not uncommon for them to last between 25 and 30 years. Some manufacturers even sell three-tab organic shingles with a 30-year limited warranty.
Three-tab organic shingles are typically made with thin fiber sheets. Once the sheets are immersed in an asphalt coating, they are run through a press to form thin shingles. For added support, the shingles are given another coat of asphalt and put into the press again. The final step is to give the asphalt shingles the signature granule coating, which is added while the shingles are still hot.
While not as popular as three-tab organic shingles, some manufacturers specialize in three-tab fiberglass shingles. Instead of fiber sheets, these shingles are made with fiberglass mats. Since it doesn't take as much asphalt to cover the fiberglass mats, three-tab fiberglass shingles are lighter and much easier for professionals to install.
The biggest benefit of fiberglass shingles is that it takes less asphalt to produce them, which many environmentalists say is a good thing. However, the lightweight shingles are much more susceptible to wind damage. Also, the lack of asphalt allows the shingles to become very brittle over time. Typically, three-tab fiberglass shingles don't last as long as the organic ones.