Asphalt shingle roofing has become an iconic feature of most American homes over the past few decades. It’s known for its durability, longevity, and economical pricing, making it a popular option for middle-American families.
Yet, asphalt shingles come in a wide range of options and styles. So, familiarize yourself with shingles and let Trusted Veteran’s Restoration serving the Northern Virginia area build the roof you want.
What are Asphalt Shingles?
Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roofing material in America. They’re square or rectangular shingles made from fiberglass or felt base, coated in asphalt and ceramic granules for added waterproofing and durability. They are low-cost and easy to install, making them one of the most popular options in the country.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
There are two main types of asphalt shingles—organic and fiberglass. Continue reading to learn about these two varieties and what makes them unique.
Organic Asphalt Shingles
Organic shingles are made from a base of wood, cellulose, and recycled paper, then coated in asphalt, salt, and gravel. They’re waterproof and safe for the environment but are slightly more prone to fire since they are highly saturated in oil-based asphalts. For this reason, they have since been discontinued but are still commonly found on American homes.
Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles
Fiberglass shingles are made from a base of fiberglass then lightly coated in asphalt for added waterproofing. Minerals are then embedded into the shingles for greater protection from sunlight and weather. Since fiberglass shingles are less prone to fire damage, many homeowners replace organic shingles, especially in warmer climates.
The Quality of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are durable and affordable but can deteriorate in extreme conditions. Luckily, the temperate climate of Northern Virginia is well suited to asphalt roofing. In summer, the warmer weather won’t affect your shingles, nor will the colder months of winter. Instead, they’ll offer:
- Protection from the sun
- Resistance to wind, rain, snow, and hail
- Fire resistance
- Low maintenance
- A variety of designs and colors
We use the highest quality roofing products from leading manufacturers such as GAF and Certain Teed. Speak with the professionals at Trusted Veteran’s Restoration for more information about our quality asphalt roofing shingles.
Asphalt Shingle Roof Colors and Designs
There was a time when asphalt shingles were simple black and grey tiles, but those days are long gone. Now, you can install red, green, yellow, blue, or just about any color of tile you want. You can even order customized shingles in half-moon, flat, or architectural slated designs:
- Architectural designs – Custom architectural shingles add beauty and strength to your home’s roof and are covered by our extensive warranty plan.
- 3-tab shingles – You’ll recognize this style thanks to its iconic 3-tab slate roofing pattern. Although less intricate than architectural shingles, 3-tab asphalt roofing is rated to handle wind gusts at speeds of 60 to 70 mph. If they ever give out, rest assured that they’re covered under our warranty.
Maintaining and Repairing Asphalt Shingles
One advantage of asphalt shingles is how easy they are to clean and maintain. Simply run a zinc or copper wire along the ridge to clear away built-up algae or moss. If left for too long, you can also use a copper sulfate solution to clean away large clumps of moss or algae. However, we recommend leaving this to a roofing contractor from Trusted Veteran’s Restoration.
Give us a call before the start of the snowy season, and we’ll inspect your asphalt shingles, repair any damage, and clear away the built-up gunk and residue left behind from autumn. Repairs are easy on your wallet and won’t take more than a day or two.
Other advantages include:
- Weather resistance
- Unique design choices
- Quick installation
- Low maintenance
If your roof is ever damaged in a snow or hailstorm, we’ll come out to inspect your shingles and make the necessary roof replacement. Your family’s safety and comfort is our mission at Trusted Veteran’s Restorations.
Pricing and Estimates
For an accurate estimation, let us know what you need! Our team of expert contractors is located in Northern Virginia and is standing by to assess your roof’s current condition, take measurements, and give you a fair quote. We’ll walk you through the installation process, give you a range of options, and take your every wish into consideration. Give us a call at Trusted Veteran’s Restoration today.