Asphalt Shingle

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This is the most common type of shingle in the United States as these roofs cover over 75% of American homes, this is due to the low cost and ease of installation. With this low cost, there comes a shorter lifespan compared to other roof materials and they provide much less insulation. They can be applied to any architectural style of house come in a variety of colors but due to the fiberglass added and the petroleum product they are made from, they are not recyclable.

Construction

  1.  Asphalt is first infused into the fiberglass core
  2. Material is covered with colored granules
  3. For a flat appearance single-layer shingles are used and for a textured look double-layer architectural shingles are used

Lifespan

  • 15 – 20 years for single-layer
  • 20 – 25 years for architectural

Pros

  • Least expensive
  • Lightweight
  • Fire-Resistant
  • Multiple Colors available
  • Low cost Installation

Cons

  • Shingles tend to fade and become brittle
  • Attracts mold and mildew
  • Can be blown off in high wind