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Asphalt Roofing 101

December 4, 2019

There are a few different materials homeowners can choose when it comes to installing a new roof. From asphalt roofs to cedar shake to metal, these materials have different looks and require different maintenance routines. Today, we’ll go over the basics of the most popular roofing material used: asphalt roof shingles!

What Makes Up Asphalt Roof Shingles?

Traditionally, asphalt roof shingles were made of recycled organic materials. They were then saturated in asphalt for waterproofing and covered in granules. While you can still get organic asphalt shingles today, another common option is fiberglass asphalt shingles. As the name suggests, these shingles have a base layer of fiberglass and are then coated with asphalt and granules.

Asphalt coating is what makes these types of shingles waterproof. The top layer of solid granules, which can be made up of a variety of stone, minerals, or ceramic, are what block UV light and give shingles their color.

Why People Love Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt roof shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing material for residential homes. In fact, 4 out of 5 homes have asphalt roofs. One of the main reasons why asphalt roofs are the top choice for homeowners is because it’s a very well-rounded material. It’s the least expensive type of roofing material to install and lasts anywhere between 15-30 years. It’s both an economical choice and a great investment!

Colors and Styles

Another reason why people love asphalt roofs is because they come in a variety of shapes, colors, and texture. You can find asphalt shingles that look like other materials, including wood, slate, tile, and more. 

The two main types of asphalt roof shingles you’ll see are architectural or 3-tab shingles. 3-tab shingles come in one size and shape and are thinner than architectural shingles. This will give your roof a flatter and more uniform look. Architectural shingles, which are also called dimensional shingles, vary in size, shape, and color, thus adding extra visual interest to your home. Because they are thicker than 3-tab shingles, they are a little more expensive and tend to last longer. 

Maintaining Your Asphalt Roof

The newer your roof, the less maintenance is required during the first few years. The best way to maintain your asphalt roof is by keeping it clear of debris and overhanging plant growth. It’s also beneficial to schedule annual inspections to make sure your roof stays in its greatest shape. One way to easily do this is simply look up at your roof from the ground; if you can see some shingles missing, call your local roofer right away to get it repaired! The quicker small repairs are made, the longer your roof will last without any costly problems.

IBEX Roof offers both inspection and cleaning services for our customers. We understand the ins and outs of roofing specific to the Pacific Northwest and have a comprehensive approach to keeping your roof in working order. Learn more about our maintenance program today by calling our team at 360-218-3108. You can also reach out for a free estimate using our online form.

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