Asphalt Shingles are the most popular type of roofing throughout the United States and for good reason. They are durable, look good on most homes, are easy to maintain and offer solid warranties. Most people however, choose asphalt shingles because they are low in cost, are readily available and come in a variety of colors and styles.
Types of asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles come in two types: fiberglass and organic.
The fiberglass shingles consist of a fiberglass mat that's covered with asphalt. They are designed to keep water out while protecting your other roof components as well as your home. The asphalt is topped with ceramic granules that reflect UV rays.
Organic shingles are typically made from recycled felt paper. Like fiberglass shingles, this type of roof shingle also has a layer of asphalt to make them waterproof. Organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass, but are more expensive to purchase.
3 Tab vs Architectural
Three-tab shingles are distinguished by cutouts - tabs - made along their long lower edge. The result is that each shingle looks like three separate pieces when installed, but it’s only one. Three-tab shingles have been around a long time and are still the most economical and most popular shingle today.
Architectural shingles contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an additional asphalt layer. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that gives them their name. Asphalt sealant bonds the layers, reinforcing the shingles’ waterproof capability. This is a better looking, but more expensive option and although durable, architectural shingles are not recommended for low-sloping roofs, which are more vulnerable to wind-driven rain.
Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and different manufacturers offer different warranties ranging from 15 to 30 years. We are always here to answer any questions or concerns you have about asphalt shingle roofing so sive us a call at 203-585-4900 to have us come out to inspect your roof and go over all available options with you.