Asphalt roofing is the most common cover for residential homes in North America. It has been estimated that four out of every five houses in the United States is covered with an asphalt roof. The dominant purpose for an asphalt roof is waterproofing your home. High quality asphalt will continue to be flexible and resist the urge to warp and will not dry out for the expected timeline of the roof.
Another aspect of why asphalt roofing is so widely used is the price point. It is very economical for homeowners to replace their roof when the wear and tear of the weather has taken its toll. In addition to being cost effective, most asphalt roofs come with fire ratings with some as high as Class A. The best part is they require very minimal maintenance. When it comes to roofing shingles there are three main categories – Strip, dimensional, and premium.
Strip asphalt roofing shingles are utilized by single layered asphalt roofing shingles, usually lightweight and resistant to blow-offs and tears. Dimensional asphalt roofing shingles are multi-layered and enhance the roof by providing a thicker multi dimensional look and feel. Premium asphalt roofing shingles are laminated and provide a different appearance and function. Premium asphalt roofing can provide a more rustic or slate feel to the roof. In addition to look and feel premium asphalt can improve impact resistance from debris and wind.
Roofing is one of the most overlooked aspects of a home, most people only realize they need to replace the roof after it’s too late. It is wise to check your roof before and after every winter or rainy season for cracks, leaks, and signs of warp, wear and tear.