Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing choice across America for their affordability, durability, and minimal upkeep. Despite their name, they are not constructed of asphalt but coated in a layer of it. Manufacturers coat a piece of fiberglass on the bottom and top with asphalt and then spray it with granules. These layers of coating and granules help create the level of energy efficiency and protection your home receives. On the plus side, this type of shingle tends to be light weight, helps deflect a fair amount of UV rays, and remains waterproof. Also, these are the cheapest option for shingle installation fees because the process is simple. However, there are three levels of asphalt shingle construction which will determine the longevity and reliability of your roof.
1. Strip or Three-Tab – These are the cheapest option for shingles. Made from an organic-mat paper base, they are thin and not very durable. In fact, they wear out the quickest of any shingle variety. We do not recommend these shingles because they are not a good investment, even at their low price.
2. Dimensional or Architectural –These are a great midrange option for durable asphalt shingles at an affordable price. Here at Perimeter, we provide these as our minimum option for roofing replacement Atlanta GA.
We like these shingles because manufacturers construct them with higher quality materials. This gives them twice the lifespan and durability of three-tab. In particular, their laminated, sculpted surface resists high winds and effectively channels rain.
Besides superior construct, the countless color and finish options allow you to personalize these shingles to your home’s exterior.
3. Luxury – This is the highest quality type of asphalt shingle for longevity, exterior appearance, and weather protection. Created with a more thorough laminating process, their sculpted surface deflects high wind and rain speeds for decades. For style, you can choose from many options to give your roof a slate or shaker finish without paying a high price. Although they are more expensive than architectural, they are a worthy investment for a home you plan to live in long term.
One of the best parts of asphalt shingles is their design versatility. They are constructed in shaker or slate style in dozens of color options. Beyond those standards, the shingles are available in many geometric designs whether you want rounded, squared, or asymmetrical edges.
Along with construction, you can choose cool roof, algae, and impact resistant options. Each of these help prolong the life of your roofing, allowing it to protect your home for decades. No matter your vision, asphalt shingles have the durability and variety to meet them, and our specialists in Atlanta GA will make sure of it!
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