Asphalt shingles remain one of today’s most popular roofing materials. Much has been said about their features and benefits, and in today’s post, Wortham Brothers Roofing shares something different with these facts about asphalt shingles.
1. Asphalt shingles have been in use since the early 1900’s — The first known asphalt shingle roofs were built in 1903, and came into common use by 1911. Its quick adoption was due in part to the campaign by the U.S. National Board of Fire Underwriters, where they touted asphalt shingles as the fire-resistant alternative to wood shingles. The popularity of asphalt shingles surged in the 1920’s, and have remained common ever since.
2. Up to 90% of residential roofs in North America have asphalt shingle roofs — Asphalt shingle roofs outnumber other types of roofing by a large margin. In addition to the aforementioned fire-resistance feature, many homeowners choose asphalt shingles because it strikes a good balance between cost, performance and aesthetics. A typical asphalt shingle roof has an expected life span of about 20 to 30 years, combined with relatively low roof repair and maintenance requirements, give it good value.
3. Asphalt shingles can be “organic” or “composition” — Asphalt shingles are sold as “organic” or “composition” shingles, and the difference lies in the backing material. “Organic” asphalt shingles are made from recycled paper, which is more absorbent, hence the typically higher asphalt content. This adds stiffness to the roof that improves its impact resistance. “Composition” shingles, on the other hand, are also known as composite shingles, and are typically made with fiberglass. Most roofing manufacturers offer this option because it’s lighter, tear-resistant, and is less vulnerable to the effects of high heat and humidity.
4. Asphalt shingles can mimic the look of slate, tile and wood shakes — If your home’s design calls for roofing materials like tile or slate, there are asphalt shingles that can mimic the look of these materials. Roofing manufacturers offer premium options that make it possible to emulate the textured and/or hand-cut look that can be indistinguishable from the real thing when viewed from the curb.