Constituting about 80% of roofs in America, asphalt roofing shingles are the most popular type of residential roofing material. Asphalt roof shingles are highly economical, starting at about $0.80 per square foot, and can be purchased in a wide range of sizes and colors.. Because they are easily cut and fastened, asphalt roof shingles are compatible with all kinds of roofing accessories and suitable to all kinds of roofing slopes. Asphalt roof shingles are also widely available, making them easily repaired. Roof 101 contractors provide all kinds of asphalt roof shingle related services, including installation, repair, cleaning, and maintenance, for well affordable prices.
Asphalt roofing is available in two types; glass fiber and organic shingles. Fiberglass asphalt roofing shingles contain a fiberglass reinforcing mat covered with adhesive asphalt and ceramic granules. Their best quality is fire-rating and installation simplicity. However, organic asphalt roof shingles are considered the best asphalt roof shingles, as they contain 40% more asphalt than fiberglass asphalt roof shingles, which make them heavier and therefore more durable and blow-off resistant. Organic asphalt roof shingles consist of a paper-based material saturated with ceramic granules and coated with asphalt. The ceramic granules provide UV ray reflection, while the asphalt coating provides waterproofing qualities.
The life span of an asphalt shingle roof strongly depends upon the environment. Asphalt roofing in cooler climates lasts longer than those in warmer climates, so fiberglass asphalt roof shingles are used more in the South, while organic asphalt roof shingles are used in the North. Attic ventilation increases the life span, yet an asphalt shingle roof will generally survive 20-45 years.