Looking To Replace Your Roof? A Guide To Understanding Asphalt Shingles

If you are in the process of preparing to put a new roof on your house and you are considering using asphalt shingles, you need to make sure that you pick the right type of asphalt shingles. There are two different ways that asphalt shingles are generally manufactured, and there are four primary types of asphalt shingles that are sold on the marketplace.

The 2 Methods For Making Asphalt Shingles

Most all asphalt shingles are made using either the fiberglass method or the composition method to create each individual shingle.

            Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles are made with a fiberglass base or core. Then, the shingle is dipped and covered with an asphalt solution. After that, granules are added to the outside to protect these shingles from wear and to make them last longer. The materials used in fiberglass asphalt shingles makes them more fire-resistant than other shingles.

Composition Shingles

Composition shingles are made with a core that comprised of a combination of different materials, with the two most common materials being both paper and wood. These materials are combined together in a process that creates an organic base for the shingles. Then, the shingles are dipped into an asphalt solution just like the fiberglass shingles are. Due to the materials used in the organic base of composition shingles, these type of shingles tend to be less fire-proof than fiberglass asphalt shingles.

The 4 Types Of Shingles

The two methods for making shingles listed above are then used to manufacture shingles in four different unique ways. Each of these four types of shingles can be purchased in either the fiberglass or composition style.

Interlocking Shingles: These type of shingles are constructed so that they can lock into one another as they are put on your roof. These types of shingles are generally suggested to be used in areas where high winds are prevalent, such as towns on the coast or in regions where hurricanes or tornados can occur. Since they lock together, the shingles get strength from their bond to one another.

Strip Shingles: These types of shingles look like individual shingles, but are actually one sheet of shingles that is usually a couple of feet long and one or two shingles wide. Strip shingles are designed with very small tabs in order to create the illusion of multiple shingles when looking at the roof from the ground, even though strip shingle roofs are actually composed of rather large shingles. This allows your contractor to physically lay down few shingles as they replace your roof.

Individual Shingles: Individual shingles are what most people think of when they think of roofing shingles. They are single shingles that are small and easy to handle. These small shingles must be attached to your roof one at a time with a couple of nails each; it can take longer to install a new roof if you are using individual shingles inside of strip shingles.

Architectural Shingles: These types of shingles are designed to mimic other roofing materials, such as tile shingles or wood shingles, while actually being made out of asphalt.

These four types of shingles are sometimes mixed together—for example, you can purchase individual architectural shingles that are made out of asphalt fiberglass or you can purchase interlocking architectural shingles made out of composite asphalt.

When purchasing asphalt shingles for your home, you need to think about what you want the material to be made out of, the size of the shingles, and the overall look of the shingles. Contact a company like Amick Roofing Inc for more information.