Shingle roofing is the most common roofing material used to cover residential homes. There are 12.5 billion square feet of shingles produced annually. One in every four homes currently have asphalt shingles. There are two basic types of asphalt shingles, dimensional and 3-tab. The dimensional shingle carries a higher wind warranty and longer manufacturing warranty; which makes it the premium option and should be the standard. The fiberglass is the core that provides ridged strength, while the asphalt makes the shingle waterproof and holds the grit. Some manufactures produce a upper level shingles such as the Owens Corning Tru definition include an extra fabric nail strip for extreme holding power.
Shingle roofing is time tested, easy to install and affordable. Shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. Shingles are durable, easily repaired and require little to no maintenance. Additionally, shingle roofing works great on wide range of roof slopes.
The lifespan of shingle roofs depend upon the grade of the shingle and the environment. Roofing shingles are available in grades that last anywhere between 20-50 years.
Warranties on shingles vary by type and manufacture. Warranties can range from 20-50 years all the way to lifetime warranties. Most warrantees will usually cover defects such as thermal splitting, granule loss, cupping, and curling.
The affordability, durability and curb appeal that shingle roofing provides for a home explains why shingle roofing is one of the most popular types of roofing. When its time to purchases a new roof for your home, Asphalt shingles are a great investment that will protect you home for many years to come.