The most commonly used form of roofing material throughout North America is asphalt shingles. There are several reasons for this, but one of the most popular reasons is because asphalt shingles are very affordable. If you are looking for ways to ensure that your property looks better, new asphalt shingle roofs provide an attractive and economical way to do so.
Dimensional shingles are also known as architectural or laminated shingles. These are asphalt shingles, but with a variation that makes them a little more interesting. Whereas the traditional asphalt shingles come with three asphalt tabs spaced out in regular intervals, the laminated shingles have two bonded layers of shingle material. In addition to that, the shingle has random notches taken out – this exposes the bottom layer. The practical reason for this is that the different high and low tabs provide a three-dimensional look.
However, the benefits are not merely visual either; dimensional shingles offer better protection from hail and wind thanks to the double bonded layer. When you compare them to single layer asphalt shingles, they also have a much longer lifespan (40 years to the traditional 20).
Advantages to asphalt shingles
- They are affordable – As we mentioned already, one of the largest advantages of asphalt shingle roofs (and this obviously includes dimensional shingles) is the fact that they are very affordable. Because shingles are easy to install and manufacture, they are inexpensive, especially when you compare the price to many other roofing materials.
- They are easy to install – Not only easy to install, but also compatible with many roof designs. They are sturdy, flexible, and a breeze to install for a professional.
- They look great – There are dozens of different textures and designs. In addition, it is also possible to make asphalt roof shingles look like materials that are more expensive. That means they can be produced to look like wood, tile, slate, or cedar shakes.
- They are lightweight – Even though asphalt shingles are not the lightest material on the market, because they are so light, they are compatible with almost every type of roof.
Easy to maintain
There are certain roofing materials (such as shake shingles) that require regular maintenance. Asphalt shingles need almost no maintenance at all. Even though they are not as durable as tile shingles, these asphalt shingles will still hold up against the elements. In the event that asphalt shingles do become damaged, they are inexpensive and easy to repair. Especially if you let professional roof maintenance and replacement experts do it, it should be no problem at all.