What you need to know about asphalt shingle roofs
Asphalt shingles’ price, ease of maintenance and durability make it one of the most commonly used roofing materials throughout the United States. Likely, when you think about roofing, you’re thinking about 3 tab shingles.
If you’re thinking about installing, replacing or repairing your asphalt shingle roof, this is what you need to know:
- Proper installation
There is a downside to asphalt shingles, but only if your roof is installed incorrectly. Because 3 tab shingles lay flat on your roof, they will display any installation mistakes very clearly. An experienced roofing contractor will be able to utilize the proper technique for the asphalt shingles you choose—either vertical racking or stair-stepping—so that your roof lays flat and protects your home from water and wind.
- Asphalt shingles cost
Roofs are measured in ”roofing squares,” which are equivalent to 10 ft. by 10 ft., and asphalt shingles are sold in bundles, which typically run about $25-30. Bundles typically cover about a third of a roofing square. The overall size of your roof—dictated by the number of roofing squares—will impact asphalt shingles cost for your roof.Another factor affecting the overall roofing asphalt shingles cost is the pitch, or slope, of your roof. The steeper your roof, the more expensive the installation cost, as your roofer will have to pay more in insurance for the project.
- Color variety
While durability and effectiveness should be your priority when selecting asphalt shingles, design and aesthetic are also important. Whether you want blue, green or black shingles, there are affordable options for your color scheme. Tell your roofing contractor your design expectations for your asphalt shingle roof.
- Manufacturer warranty and ratings
Asphalt shingles typically come with manufacturer warranties that range from 15 to 30 years. Of course, 3 tab shingles with 15-year warranties usually cost less than those with 25- or 30-year warranties. While shelling out the extra money for longer-lasting shingles might be difficult, it can double the life of your roof.
To ensure the longevity of your roofing system, you’ll want to look for a contractor that provides only premium shingles—CertainTeed and GAF are some of the best manufacturers available. While subpar products allow some contractors to provide lower quote, they will not provide the same level of protection nor will they last as long.
When you’re deciding between different types of asphalt shingles, it’s also important to see what international standards they meet. There are two internationally recognized standards organizations—Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)—which provide standards and benchmarks for 3 tab shingles. A reputable roofing contractor will be able to point you toward the right asphalt shingle for your price range and needs.
Regardless of whether you’re fixing a leak or replacing your whole roof, Wildwood Roofing & Construction is the St. Louis roofing expert you can trust. We’ve been repairing, maintaining and installing asphalt shingle roofs for years. Because we approach every project with knowledge, competence and care, our clients have nothing but good things to say about us.
Whenever you need a new roof—or to repair your existing one—contact us to schedule a free estimate.