There are a lot of options on the market now giving homeowners some very good choices in roof shingles. In this post, we will be discussing shingle material. The top selling material for shingles remains asphalt but there are different choices available according to the environmental demands of your area of the country.
Why asphalt after all of the press about the “unhealthiness” of the product? Well, asphalt is suitable in all types of climate. There is a new asphalt shingle on the market now that is resistant to algae. This is great for the Houston market where there is humidity and rainfall year round. And in consideration, the situation in which an asphalt roof shingle becomes unhealthy is when it deteriorates to such an extent that it is breaking and crumbling. Hopefully your roof will never get to that point before a new one is installed.
There are two general classes of asphalt roofing shingles – organic and fiberglass. Believe it or not, in this case the “organic” asphalt shingle is not environmentally friendly and is rapidly being replaced by the more resistant fiberglass shingle. The organic shingle is felt-based, heavier, and does not last as long. Also, the organic asphalt shingle does not have a high resistance to fire. The fiberglass shingles are lighter, last longer and offer much greater resistance to fire.
Assuming you will choose the fiberglass shingle, there are two main designs. The first is the “three-tab” which is a more economical choice. In this case though, you get what you pay for and the second design, the “architectural” shingle has a better joint fit than the three-tab and will last longer. The architectural shingle is considered to be of higher quality and more expensive.
When choosing an asphalt roof shingle, you will want to consider the long-term benefits of a higher initial investment rather than the short-term savings of the cheaper shingles. Architectural shingles that are made from fiberglass are a wise choice because over time, you will have fewer repairs and maintenance.
At Houston Roof Replacement, we will be happy to show you shingle samples of each of the shingles we have discussed in this post. Give Charles at (281) 924-0365 a call for a free estimate and demonstration of materials.