Asphalt Shingle Roofing
Asphalt Shingles are the most popular choice among homeowners, accounting for about 80% of residential roofs in the United States. Compared to other roofing systems, they are more affordable, effective against the elements, versatile, take less time to install, and offer a variety of textures and colors. To help you better understand your roof and what repairing or replacing it might mean, we’ve put together the benefits and answers to commonly asked questions about shingle roofing that our roofing experts receive from local homeowners.
Asphalt shingles can perform well for up to 20 to 30 years with proper installation and maintenance.
How can a homeowner recognize when a shingle roof has a problem?
All too often, roof problems are discovered after leaking or severe damage occurs. Annual inspections by expert roofers can often uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged shingle roofing areas. The Roofing Company, Inc. offers an annual customer appreciation inspection for every project completed on a single-family detached home.
My shingle roofing leaks. Do I need to have it totally replaced?
Not necessarily. Leaking can result because some flashings have come loose or because a section of the roof has been damaged. A roof failure, however, is generally irreversible and results from improper installation or choice of materials, or from the installation of a roof system inappropriate to the building.
What are my options if I decide to reroof?
You have two basic options:
A complete replacement of the shingle roofing system, which consists of a tear-off of the old roof.
A re-cover over the existing roof by only installing a new membrane and surfacing. If you’ve already had one recover over your original roof, check with your roofing contractor to see if your deck can support a second layer.
Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles, making it easy to find an option that matches your home’s style and aesthetic. Below are links to two of the most popular asphalt shingle manufacturers that we recommend:
Other great resources to help you with your asphalt shingle choice:
Easy to Install
Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install, which can save you time and money on installation costs.
Can’t I just do the shingle roofing work myself?
Most work should not be do-it-yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. Novices can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques and severely injure themselves by falling off or even through a roof in need of repair or replacement. Homeowner maintenance should be confined to roof inspections in both the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles, and for cleaning rain gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must see the roof for yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof) if possible.
Many asphalt shingles have a Class A fire rating, which is the highest rating for fire resistance.
Some types of asphalt shingles are designed to reflect the sun’s heat, which can help keep your home cooler in the summer and reduce your energy bills.
Asphalt shingles require very little maintenance, making them a hassle-free roofing option for homeowners.
Overall, asphalt shingle roofing is a favored and reliable option for homeowners due to its affordability, durability, versatility, and ease of installation and maintenance.
The Roofing Company, Inc. services the Southside and Virginia Peninsula regions and has improved the homes of thousands of homeowners in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, and Virginia Beach. Visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 757-384-9406.
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