Asphalt shingles are the number one most used roofing installation material across the country. While there are good alternatives out there, homeowners still tend to prefer the classic and timeless look and the excellent performance of the asphalt shingle. However, despite their popularity, there are still many things homeowners do not understand about this versatile roofing material.
It’s important to learn about the type of roof you want to install in your home. This can help you take better care of your roof and avoid the things that might cause problems to it. Let our experts at Masters Roofing give you a few interesting facts you should know about your asphalt shingles.
Asphalt Shingles vs. Fiberglass Shingles
Your roofing installation might call them asphalt shingles while others might refer to them as fiberglass shingles. The truth is, these two names are talking about the same exact thing. They are sometimes called fiberglass shingles because of the fiberglass fabric that holds the tabs together. Alternatively, the asphalt pertains to the granules of asphalt that line the surface of the shingles.
Asbestos in Asphalt Shingles
Asbestos was a common component of early roofing materials until they were banned in the 60s. Today, modern asphalt shingles do not contain asbestos, making them a safe choice for you and your family.
Roofers often use a sealant to ensure that your brand-new roof is protected against water penetration and other common issues. However, this seal can take days before it activates which is why it’s important to schedule roof replacements during weeks of long uninterrupted sunshine in the forecast.
Cool Roofs and Asphalt Shingles
You may have heard before that a darker-colored roof replacement material will heat faster than lighter-colored ones. This is true but it has almost zero effect on your energy efficiency. As long as you keep your attic insulated and well-ventilated, there is no reason to limit your color choices for a roof replacement.
Learn more about the benefits of installing asphalt shingles with our professionals at Masters Roofing. Give us a call at (901) 871-7663 or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate today. We serve customers in Memphis and other surrounding communities in TN.