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Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing materials. They can last anywhere from 20-50 years. They are not environmentally friendly and are prone to algae stains. Asphalt shingles are fire resistant and can withstand wind velocity from 60-130 mph. One drawback of the asphalt shingles is that they can become deteriorated from hail in areas that are prone to this type of weather pattern, over a prolonged period.

Asphalt shingles were developed in the early 1900s in the US. They were discovered by Henry M. Reynolds who cut rolled roofing to create the shingles. This type of roof covering became extremely popular throughout the catalogues. Several improvements have been made over the years. The first asphalt shingle consisted of a cotton and wood fiber mat covered with crushed stone or slate.

In the early 1950s, self-sealing shingles were introduced. This, of course, helped them to keep the water out of the wood roofs. They were also less prone to damage by high winds. Asbestos mats were introduced prior to the 1970s. Other changes in asphalt shingles occurred in the 1970s. Crude oil prices climbed to unbearable prices and the fiberglass mat was created.

Fiberglass mats are still extremely popular in the manufacturing of asphalt still. The reason for this is that fiberglass mats use less asphalt than their counterparts use, yet still offered the same protection. Another factor in their popularity was the fact that foreign oil was no longer needed in the production of the asphalt shingle. The result was an asphalt shingle that was lighter in weight.

Increased durability and the aesthetic look of the asphalt shingle improved greatly. This was because laminated or multi-layered asphalt shingles were developed. The addition of colored granules helped to eliminate algae buildup and prevent asphalt shingle damage from the UV rays of the sun. This development greatly improved the appearance of the asphalt shingles Garland.

Asphalt shingles Garland are sold in three formats. They are the Architectural, 3-Tab, and Designer. The most economical of the three types is the 3-Tab. Double coverage is provided as one shingle overlaps to the next one. 3-Tabs are usually under manufacturers warranty for 20-25 years.

Cedar shakes were at one time popular. However, architectural shingles were designed to replace them. Many new roofs in the US have this type of shingle. No joints between the tabs are exposed to the weather. Therefore, they offer the protection of 3-4 layers. A dimensional pattern is created by laminating a top shingle and a half shingle. Imperfections in the roof can be hidden with this type of roofing shingle. Architectural shingles have a lifespan of 30-50 years. This depends on how thick the roofing material is.

Material thickness and new design technology makes Designer shingles a choice for those wanting the ultimate element protection. Designer shingles are made to duplicate the cedar and slate shingles. These types of shingles are meant to last for more than 50 years. However, the structures of many homes cannot support the weight of this type of shingle.

Several factors contribute to the lifespan of an asphalt shingles Garland roof. Climate conditions, sun exposure, slope of the roof, the difference in the shingles, and foliage can shorten the lifespan of asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofs in hot climates do not last as long as asphalt roofs in cooler climates. This is because the heat and humidity causes the asphalt to shrink up and dry out. When this occurs, granules are lost, the asphalt splits, and the asphalt can curl. Any of these above-mentioned signs means that the roof asphalt needs to be replaced.



If you wish to have a Asphalt Shingles and other roofing services contact Dobson Contractors on 972-205-9415.



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