Change Your Home One Step at a Time

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What You Should Know About Asphalt Shingle Roofs

by Aiden Carroll

Asphalt shingle roofs are still the most common option for roofs because they are so convenient. If it's time to replace your roof, and you're considering sticking with or switching to an asphalt shingle roof, there are some facts you should read more about. These six must-know facts will help you determine if asphalt shingles really are the right choice for you.

They Are One of the Cheapest Options

One reason asphalt roofs are so popular is because of the low price. An average 1200 square foot roof with a low slop costs between $3000 and $4100, but the roof will only last about 20 years. At that time, you'll need to fork out more money for a new roof. Slate and metal are options that last longer and may not need replacing in your life; however, they also cost significantly more than asphalt shingles. Since you'll probably only need to replace the asphalt roof once in your life, you may still end up saving money in the long run, depending on inflation and how long your roof lasts.

Asphalt Roofs Work on Most Slopes

Some roofing materials require a specific slope to adequately protect a house. For example, wood shingles should only be installed on steep roofs because the water is less likely to pool or find its way into cracks. Asphalt roofs, however, are perfect for low roofs, medium roofs and steep roofs because they do a good job of blocking water and directing it toward gutters. Keep in mind, however, that the higher the slope, the more shingles you'll need, which affects the price.

They Are a Lighter Option

Asphalt shingles are also one of the lighter roofing options. Even if your house and climate is suited for tile or slate shingles, it may be a better idea to stick with asphalt. The low weight means you don't need to install any extra support systems, which you need with tile or slate shingles. Of course, that means more money and time. Plus, if you live in an area where it snows in the winter, your roof should have no problem withstanding the weight of the shingles and snow.

You Can Choose Organic or Fiberglass

The two types of asphalt shingles are organic and fiberglass. Organic shingles have a paper base, which is saturated in asphalt and coated with salt and ceramic granules. Fiberglass shingles have a glass fiber base, which is coated in asphalt. Organic shingles better withstand the weather and routine wear and tear, but unlike fiberglass, they offer little protection against fire. Fiberglass shingles are also more environmentally friendly because they use less asphalt.  

They Can Help Insulate Your Home

The color of your asphalt shingles actually plays a huge role in insulating your house. If you live in a colder climate, choose a darker colored shingle, which does a better job of absorbing the sun's heat and pulling it into your home. If you live in a warmer environment, stick with a lighter colored shingle, so it reflects the sun's heat. Either option helps reduce your energy costs by letting you use less to comfortably heat or cool your home.  

Damage Is Common in Extreme Conditions

Asphalt roofs are not a good option if you live in an area that gets extremely hot and then bitterly cold. This is because the shingles expand and contract in the heat and cold. If this continues to occur over and over, it can cause the shingles to crack. Extreme heat alone can also damage and crack the shingles, so they are not a good option for areas that see continuous hot temperatures.

Asphalt shingles are definitely a popular option because of their versatility and price. However, in some cases, another option may be better, so discuss the benefits and disadvantages of an asphalt roof with a contractor in your area. Contact one today and get started. 


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Change Your Home One Step at a Time

The best way to handle major home renovations is to take them one step at a time. Instead of trying to change your whole home at once, start small. I started with the guest bathroom, then the guest bedroom, then moved on to my kids’ rooms, my bedroom, and the living room. Now I’m working on remodeling the kitchen. I started this blog to help other people who are attempting major home renovations. I’ll show you how to change your whole home by breaking it up into manageable chunks. Wondering which kitchen counters are right for you, or how to add more space to your bedroom? We’ll go over the pros and cons of different materials and discuss DIY renovation projects. Before you know it, you’ll have created your dream home.