When it's time to put a new roof on your home, you'll likely go with asphalt shingles, especially if you currently have asphalt now. That's because this roofing material is less expensive and therefore more popular than other types of roofing. If you take a look around your neighborhood, your likely to see most of the homes have asphalt shingles no matter what climate you live in. However, just because you choose asphalt, it doesn't mean your options are limited. Here are some choices you'll make when picking out new shingles for your home.
Fiberglass Or Organic
Asphalt roofing comes in two types: fiberglass and organic. Organic refers to being made of material such as wood or paper, not that it's environmentally friendly. Each type of shingle has it's advantages, and you'll need to consider the location of your house when deciding on the type right for you. Organic shingles are heavier, so they are good if you live in an area prone to high winds. Plus, they are usually better suited for very cold climates.
Fiberglass, on the other hand, is more fire resistant. These shingles are a better choice if you live in a dry area where fires might break out. Although they are made of different base materials, fiberglass and organic shingles look very similar. They are both covered with top granules that provide protection from the sun and give the shingles color and patterns.
Asphalt shingles come in different shapes and styles, although the basic 3-tab shingles are the most common. If you want a different look for your roof, you can choose architectural shingles. These are laminated on top, so they have a three dimensional appearance. When you combine the appearance with colors such as brown or gray, the shingles look like wood shake, tile, or slate from a distance. This gives your home an upscale look for the affordable price of asphalt.
Asphalt shingles cover a wide price range depending on the type of features you choose. For instance, if your roof is under shade trees, you may want to buy shingles that resist the growth of algae or mold. These are sometimes coated with zinc or copper. You could also buy shingles that reflect the sun, so your home stays cooler in the summer. If you live in an area that has frequent storms, you might want to invest in heavy duty shingles that are rated for strong winds and resist hail damage.
In addition to the options above, you also get to choose the color and shading on your shingles. You'll probably want a color that complements your house paint rather than one that matches it, otherwise your home will have a monotone appearance. However, you don't want a house that looks chaotic, so if you have various colors of paint or brick on your home's exterior, you may want to choose a solid color roof. Also, keep in mind, you might change paint colors over the years, but you'll have your roof for a long time. Be sure to pick a roof color and pattern you like that will go with a variety of exterior paint colors you may consider. If you have any questions regarding the different asphalt shingles, contact a local roofing specialist, such as All American Roofing Incorporated.