When people come to your home, your roof is one of the first things people see. It is also your home’s first line of defense against the elements. As a result, the choice of roofing material isn’t something you should take lightly. As you go through the different residential roofing options, asphalt shingles come up multiple times. They are the most common roofing material and for good reason. Here are a few benefits of shingle roofs and why they’re worth considering.
The biggest advantage of shingle roofs is the cost. They are most affordable to install, maintain and repair. Price differences between styles can be vast, but that’s because shingles present a broad range of options to suit varying needs and budgets.
The cost-to-performance ratio of shingles is one of the best. With shingles, you get high performance without breaking the bank. So, if you’re looking for weather, fire, and wind resistance, shingles provide those benefits without incurring too much extra cost.
Shingles are not only cost-effective up front, but they also last long enough to provide even more value over the long term. It’s a benefit that other roofing materials just don’t measure up to.
The cost-effective benefits of shingles go beyond the upfront and long-term costs. When installing shingles, our team installs all the essential roofing layers, making your home more energy efficient.
You can choose shingles designed in light, medium, and dark tones. The ideal option depends on your locality and roofing needs. The shingles reflect more infrared radiation and reduce the temperature on the roof’s surface. It seems like a small difference, but it can greatly impact your energy bills.
Most asphalt shingles can stand up to what the Denver & Fort Collins weather throws at them. You can tell how well shingles can withstand things like hail storms by their impact ratings. Also, you can choose shingles designed specifically for your needs if you need something a bit stronger.
Some shingles come with fire and weather resistance. They’re also rust and algae resistant. Shingles have all the qualities you want in a long-lasting and efficient roofing material. And you won’t have difficulty knowing when it’s time to call a roofer to repair the shingles.
Asphalt shingles are made up of layers. The base layer has cellulose fibers or glass fibers that are coated with asphalt. That’s right, the same material that covers the roads on which you drive is in your shingles! The asphalt layer is also coated with another layer that consists of mineral granules that are sometimes coated in ceramic. These layers are fused together to create a very durable shingle for your home!
Shingles that are composed with a fiberglass mat and asphalt layers have a class A fire rating. This means that they won’t become fuel for a fire. This rating is very important in areas that are prone to wildfires. Likewise, it is comforting for homeowners looking for traditional roofing that will have fire resistance without breaking the bank. If you are a homeowner looking for specific fire ratings and flame resistant qualities, take the time to look over your material options. Choose an option with a fiberglass mat instead of cellulose. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your roofer to be sure you’re getting the best material you can for that particular application, & ask whether they have any other recommendations that might be better. New roofing innovations are consistently being made to better protect homeowners and their families.
How Do Shingles Compare with Other Roofing Materials?
Shingles offer the best of both worlds. While metal or fiber cement roofing is longer lasting and keeps your home cool, it costs more to buy the materials which often puts them out of reach for those who also need to stay within a budget. Shingles balance all the qualities of good roofing materials and maintain a lean bottom line.
However, you can only get the benefits of shingle roofs when you work with a qualified and experienced roofer. At Red Diamond Roofing, we have a dedicated, professional, and certified team of roofers that can ensure you get the most out of your shingles roofing. Contact us to work for you in the Denver and Fort Collins area.