Asphalt shingles are a popular choice for residential roofing. They can be found on up to 80% of U.S. houses.

The following guide will help you decide if asphalt shingle is the best option for your home.

What are Asphalt Shingles?

Manufacturers of asphalt shingles are now producing thicker, laminated and dimensional shingles.

  • Strip shingles and 3-tab shingles

These tiles look like slate tiles and are lightweight and flat. These tiles are cheaper than other options, but their flat design makes them more difficult to move, lift off, or damage by wind. These shingles are not recommended for homes in areas that are susceptible to hurricanes. These shingles are not as durable as other asphalt shingles.

  • Dimensional Shingles

These are sometimes called fiberglass shingles. They have a thicker layer of asphalt-saturated fiberglass to give a roof a slate or shake look. They are stronger and thicker than their counterparts, but they are also more expensive.

  • Premium Shingles or Luxury Shingles

Also known as architectural shingle or dimensional shingles, they are thicker and heavier than regular dimensional shingles and appear more natural.

  • Special-purpose Asphalt Shingles

These standard asphalt shingles can be used in all climates and are popular with millions of homeowners. There are many styles and types available. They are durable to wind, staining, impact and sun reflection.

Your roofing contractor will discuss your options with you in greater detail so you can make an informed decision based on your budget and needs.

When considering your options, you should also consider the life expectancy of your asphalt roof.

How long do you think your asphalt shingle roof will last?

Your shingle roof’s longevity is determined by the weather. The conditions in your area could influence the type of roofing material you choose.

Asphalt shingles can be damaged and worn down if they are exposed to extreme temperatures, strong winds, heavy rains, and extreme cold. Although you can’t control the weather, your local roofing contractors will be able guide you in choosing the best roofing material for your home.

You can expect an asphalt shingle roof to last for up to 20 years if you choose it.

What are you able to do to prolong the life of asphalt shingles?

Maintaining your asphalt shingle roof’s longevity is crucial. You can keep the gutters clear of debris – but only if it’s possible. Otherwise, a roofing specialist can help you take care of it.

Your roofing contractor should be contacted immediately if you notice damage after a storm or suspect that your roof might have been damaged.

Contact Old Time Roofing to discuss your options for roofing.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Pinellas County Commercial Roofing company! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.


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