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Different Types of Asphalt Shingles for Roofs

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Asphalt shingles are roofing materials popularly used on homes across the U.S. They are available in different types across the United States and Canada. They are designed to protect your home against moisture and weather, are easy to install, accessible, and amazingly economical in production.

Asphalt shingles require minimal maintenance and are available in hundreds of colors and styles. Their lifespan and cost enable them to compare favorably against other competing roofing types.

This article explains the different types of asphalt shingles so you can choose which is suitable for you and your home.

Types of Asphalt Shingles:

Many different colors, sizes, and types of asphalt shingles are now available to fit various housing demands and climates.

The different asphalt shingles are made of a mixture of materials, including granules, fiberglass, asphalt, sealants, and release film, making them perfect for many homeowners needing a new roof.

The different options may seem quite overwhelming; however, asphalt shingles are affordable, durable, and available in various incredible styles and colors, making them an excellent choice for almost any home.

There are three significant asphalt shingles for roofs presently; dimensional shingles, strip shingles, and luxury shingles. It is critical to comprehend the differences between each type of asphalt roofing shingle so that you can select the best product for your home for many years to come.

Dimensional Shingles:

Dimensional shingles are also called “architectural” or “laminate” shingles and are the most preferred asphalt shingles. They are produced with two or more layers of asphalt combined for a richer, thicker appearance for the final roof. Dimensional shingles are designed to replicate the natural slate and wood shake roofing aesthetics to boost your home’s appearance potentially. One downside to dimensional shingles is that they are heavier than strip shingles, so they tend to add more weight to your roof. However, they have improved warranty protection and are more durable due to their double layers.

Strip Shingles:

Strip shingles are also referred to as strips or 3-tab shingles due to how the shingles are cut and installed. They are produced from a single layer of asphalt and divided into strips, making them the most basic and original shingles. After installing them, they have a very flat appearance that offers a slate look to your roof. Since strip shingles are made from a single layer of asphalt, they are lightweight and more affordable than other asphalt shingles. Strip shingles are most often used today by landlords replacing their resident’s roofing shingles that already have a previously installed strip shingle or by home builders that build inexpensive homes. The disadvantage of strip shingles is their potential to blow off quicker than other types of asphalt shingles and their limited aesthetic options.

Luxury Shingles:

Luxury shingles are also called premium shingles and are the highest quality type of asphalt shingles available. They are laminated, offering a differentiated functionality and appearance that surpasses other types of asphalt shingles. Luxury shingles give your home a beautiful look while offering premium weather protection. They are heavyweight, dimensional, functional, and available in various colors. They are far more affordable than other roofing types and offer the most natural slate and wood shake roofing representation. The benefit of their extra weight is their extra strength against weather, tears, and impact.

Are Asphalt Shingles the Right Choice?

Asphalt shingle is an excellent choice for homeowners who want a budget-friendly yet reliable and efficient material for upgrading their roof. They are available in various designs and shapes that you can explore to find the perfect fit for your home. Asphalt shingles are fire-resistant and can be treated to resist algae growth and give your home some coolness.

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