Thinking About Asphalt Roof Shingles? Here Are A Few Things To Consider

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material chosen in the United States for new construction and roof replacements. If you are considering a roof install or renovation, asphalt shingles should be on your list because of their durability, affordability, and aesthetic appeal.

What Is An Asphalt Shingle?

This type of shingle is composed of asphalt containing material (ACM) including asphalt, fillers, and mineral fibers which are why they are one of the most affordable options for residential or commercial roofing. It is relatively easy to install.  It is also highly aesthetic as it comes in a wide array of colors that beautify a home’s exterior. This type of material is recommended for waterproofing small residential roofing jobs, sloped roofs, and single-family homes.

  • The asphalt coats a fiberglass mat which enables shingles to resist moisture. It is also a strong material that holds up well under strong winds or storm conditions. Lines of asphalt are also applied to seal and bond the shingles together.
  • A fiberglass mat serves as the core make-up of an asphalt shingle which gives it endurance. It is a lightweight material which also resists damage and wear-and-tear.
  • The minerals on the outer layer are exposed to all sorts of weather patterns. Minerals are also used to change the coloring of the shingles which enhances aesthetic designs. If you live in a warm climate, choosing a lighter shade will repel heat naturally.

Types Of Asphalt Shingles

When it comes time to choose your asphalt style, the durability and longevity of the shingle depend on the quality and thickness of its construction. The style concept will also matter.

  • 3-Tab Shingles

Three-tab asphalt shingles are lightweight, flat, and come in one size. They have three noticeable tabs that appear as if there are three shingles instead of one. The pros of choosing this style are that they are very affordable. The flat design also makes it harder to sustain damage to the shingles because of winds or storm occurrences. On the downside, if you are in an area with winds that exceed 80 mph, this design will not suit your roof because of the potential for repair needs. These shingles are also thinner than other designs, so a guarantee will not be as great as dimensional or architectural shingles.

  • Architectural Shingles (Dimensional Or Laminate)

Architectural shingles are available in different dimensional shapes and sizes which make them highly popular among residential and commercial builders.  Architectural shingles also weigh more which makes them more durable. It is a primary reason why their costs are higher than 3-tab shingles. You will also generally get a longer warranty because of their ability to hold up well against more intense weather patterns. If you are looking to raise the resale value of your home, this is the shingle you want to choose.

On top of the material, you will want to consider solar (energy efficiency), stain, impact, and weather resistant (up to 130 mph winds) asphalt or dimensional shingles that increase endurance. Choosing the right shingle for your roof is an important decision. Call our office at (978) 977-3816 or send us an email at You can also visit us on Facebook.