Architectural Asphalt Shingles or Traditional 3-Tab Shingles are on the vast majority of homes in America because they are the least expensive option. The terms Asphalt, Architectural Asphalt, Asphalt Composite, Fiberglass Asphalt, and Asphalt Composition all refer to the same type of product. However, 3-tab Shingles refer to an older looking style of asphalt shingles that are not as durable or aesthetically pleasing as newer styles and materials. The most state-of-the art and durable shingle style roofing products are made from Stone Coated Steel. Frisco Metal Roofing Contractors is one of the largest installers of Stone Coated Steel Shingles in the country and is the best installer of Asphalt Shingles in Frisco, Texas.
Asphalt Composite Shingles
The most inexpensive roof coverings are asphalt composition shingles (however, in the long run, they may be more expensive than alternatives when the frequency of replacement is taken into account). These products are available in a wide choice of colors and design appearances. Repairs are easy on asphalt shingle roofs. However, asphalt shingles generally only last 15-25 years. Our experts at Frisco Metal Roofing Contractors will be happy to help you find the most suitable color, style and quality of shingles for your home!
Asphalt shingles come in two basic types, fiberglass and organic-mat. Organic shingles use a cellulose-fiber mat derived from wood saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. A top coating of adhesive asphalt is then applied and the ceramic granules are then embedded. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 square feet) than their glass fiber counterpart which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance.
Fiberglass Shingles have a glass fiber reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The fiberglass mat is not waterproof by itself. Its purpose is for reinforcement. What makes the fiberglass shingle waterproof is the asphalt. However, the asphalt itself will not stick to the mat. For this reason, “fillers” are used. The fillers in the asphalt cling to the glass fibers in the mat. The asphalt then encapsulates the glass fibers, fills all of the little holes and voids in the mat rendering it waterproof. After this cools a bit, adhesive asphalt is used to cove the mat and the ceramic granules are then embedded.
The ceramic granules are there for two reasons. The primary reason is to protect the shingles from the sun. The sun’s UV rays are very damaging to asphalt and cause it to deteriorate prematurely. this is on of the same reasons that gravel is used on built-up roofs. The second and more obvious reason for the granules is aesthetics. Asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of colors to match almost any facade of landscape.
Which Shingle Type Is Best?
Fiberglass shingles are thinner, lighter, easier to lug around and carry a better fire rating than organic shingles, but organic-mat shingles are tougher and stay more flexible in cold weather. Fiberglass shingles predominate in southern and central regions, but organic shingles are still popular in the North and are almost the universal choice in Canada. Frisco Metal Roofing Contractors can help you make the best decision for your Frisco home when it comes to your residential roofing shingles.
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