Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular and most affordable form of roofing in the US today. But which type of asphalt shingles are best? Your first decision to make is between fiberglass and organic. And your second decision is between three-tab and architectural shingles.
Fiberglass shingles use a woven mat (of fiberglass) as the foundation to which asphalt is added to both sides. Ceramic granules are then used to coat the top layer of asphalt. Fiberglass shingles have a higher fire rating than organic ones and a longer warranty in most instances. This is largely due to the ceramic granules. Some fiberglass shingles have Energy Star certification.
Organic shingles are normally manufactured out of cellulose, which may consist of recycled paper or wood chips. This material is saturated with asphalt. Organic is usually heavier than fiberglass and so may have a higher wind rating. But it is also heavier, more expensive, and more prone to absorb moisture and deform toward the end of its life span. Organic is eco-friendly in that it uses organic materials, but it also uses more asphalt, which is less eco-friendly.
Most asphalt shingles are of the three-tab variety and single-layer. Architectural shingles, by contrast, are more aesthetically designed, more heavy duty, more durable, and carry longer warranties.
Roofing Maintenance Tips
Roof maintenance is not something you can ignore or delay without risking serious consequences. Plus, keeping your roofing in top shape will extend its life, increase property value, and ultimately save you money.
Here are 7 major tips to follow in preserving your new roof for as long as possible:
- Sweep branches, leaves, and debris off the roof periodically. This will help prevent moisture buildup and water pooling, which can shorten shingle life.
- Cut off tree limbs if they are overhanging your roof. This will cut down on roof debris and discourage rodents from entering your attic.
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts each year to prevent water backing up under your roofing at the eaves.
- Inspect your roof once a year whether it needs it or not.
- Waste no time in having small roof repairs done. Quick fixes keep problems from festering and growing worse.
- If roof caulk is old or cracked, be sure to remove and replace it. Re-tar around chimneys and vents as needed.
- Never take risks doing roof repairs you aren’t skilled to do. If you need a roof restoration job or another repair, don’t hesitate to call on a qualified professional.
For more helpful information on choosing roof shingles, roof repairs, or roof replacement, contact Sheegog Contracting today! We serve all of Central Florida and have a sterling local reputation among homeowners.