As a roofing contractor, you realize that your work will only be as good as the materials you use. Poorly made materials can make even the best contractor look bad. For this reason, most roofing contractors prefer to use composite roof shingles or asphalt shingles when reroofing a home.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles come in two varieties. They are either organic or fiberglass. Organic shingles are made from paper that has been covered in asphalt, making it waterproof. Fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass reinforced mat as its base that is coated with asphalt to make it waterproof. Most contractors prefer using fiberglass shingles because they are more environmentally friendly than organic ones and offer more fire protection.
Advantages of Asphalt Shingles
The advantages of asphalt shingles include the following:
Price. The number one benefit of composite shingles is that they are relatively inexpensive. Most asphalt shingles will protect the home for 12 to 15 years.
Variety of Styles. Asphalt shingles come in three different varieties. They can be three tab, laminated, and premium. Asphalt shingles can be designed to match the style of any home. Architectural shingles can be crafted to give a home a three-dimensional look, imitating the style of slate shingles or natural wood shakes. They can also be manufactured in just about any color a homeowner wants.
Easy to Install. An added benefit for contractors is that asphalt shingles can be easily installed by any roofing contractor who has knowledge of roofing. Asphalt shingles do not require much preparation work, and they can be installed using everyday tools.
It is easy to see why more contractors are turning to asphalt shingles to meet their home roofing needs. These are the workhorse of the roofing community.