Considerations When Buying New Asphalt Roofing Material
Have you finally decided to replace your roof due to the old rooting material deteriorating? If so, you may have decided to put asphalt roofing material back on your roof due to its cost and popularity. While asphalt shingles are quite common, you still have a few options to help separate your home's roof from the other homes in your neighborhood. Here are a few considerations to make when selecting your new asphalt roofing material.
Organic or Fiberglass Material
Asphalt roofing materials is either organic or fiberglass. Any roofing material referred to as organic means that the material is made out of paper or wood. Don't make the mistake of thinking that organic shingles are eco-friendly just based on the name. With there being so many kinds of organic materials, you'll need to weight each ones pros and cons to decide which one is best for your home. For example, you may want an organic material made out of wood so that it is heavier, making it more difficult for the material to be blown off your roof from strong winds.
Fiberglass roofing material has the benefit of being fire resistant, which is an ideal choice for dry climates where wildfires tend to happen. When it comes to looks, organic and fiberglass materials tend to look similar, since both materials have granules on the top of the material that give additional protection.
While a 3-tab asphalt shingle is a very popular style, architectural shingles are an alternative that can give your home a drastically different look. The laminated top of the shingles gives the material a unique look that is almost three dimensional. When manufactured in the color of gray or brown, it can even cause the material to resemble slate or wood shake. It can make your home look more upscale than it currently is, all while still being an affordable roofing material option.
Be aware that there are additional features that asphalt shingles can have. For example, homes with a shaded roof might want to use shingles that are designed to prevent mold growth. Homes not in the shade during the day may want more reflective shingles that a home stay cooler. Home in areas with storms that frequently pass by may want more impact resistant shingles.
Work with a local residential roof replacement contractor that can help install and select the best types of asphalt roofing material for your home.