Champaign Roofing: Article About Using Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are an affordable and durable alternative for most residential roofing projects. A homeowner who consults with a Champaign roofing contractor will find a wide array of available options for creating the look he or she wants with asphalt shingles.
Homeowners have two choices of type of asphalt shingles. The newer type of asphalt shingle is made of fiberglass covered with asphalt. Traditional asphalt shingles have a paper base that is saturated with asphalt. Salt and ceramic granules are embedded on top of the base. Generally, organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass, but organic shingles are less environmentally friendly due to the higher concentration of asphalt.
Asphalt shingles in general are worse for the environment than other types of roofing materials because they require a lot of energy to produce. Although recycling asphalt shingles into paving material is possible, it is an expensive process; as a result, asphalt shingles are often disposed of in the landfill where they decompose slowly, emitting methane gas.
Asphalt shingles continue to be the most popular choice of roofing material, primarily due to their low upfront costs. The shingles themselves are less expensive than other options.
Asphalt shingle installation can typically be done quickly by any roofing contractor. Generally, old asphalt shingles should be removed in order to inspect for any damage to the roof.
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Depending on the pitch of the roof, one or two sheets of underlayment material should be applied to the roof as a barrier against moisture.
Asphalt shingles are no longer confined to brown and gray. Asphalt shingles come in many colors to match the color and style of the home. In addition, with a little higher upfront investment, architectural asphalt shingles can be used. These laminated shingles are thicker and provide a three dimensional effect that imitates more expensive wood shakes or slate tiles.
Asphalt shingles are susceptible to the environment in which they are installed. If installed in the cold weather, asphalt shingles may not adhere to one another as well, making a leak more likely. If a home has inadequate attic ventilation, hot air in the attic can heat the asphalt shingles, causing the edges to curl up.
Extreme heat and sunlight can fade the color of asphalt shingles. In areas of significant variations in temperature, asphalt shingles contract in the cold and expand in the heat. This constant shifting can cause damage to the shingles. Asphalt shingles in shady areas are also susceptible to mold and mildew although some asphalt shingles are treated for protection against infestations.