Asphalt Shingle Roof Options
Stroll through your average American neighborhood and you’ll notice that asphalt shingle roofs dominate the residential roof marketplace. There are three main kinds of asphalt shingles: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury. No matter what kind of asphalt shingle you choose, you’ll enjoy affordable prices, customization options, and between 15 to 30 years of performance. Each variety of shingles offers advantages and poses drawbacks. As GAF-certified installers, we understand the complexities of shingles. Let’s explore them.
3-tab shingles are deceptively designed. A standard shingle is three feet long with three one-foot sections (tabs). While each tab looks like three separate shingles, they are, in fact, a single shingle. 3-tab shingles are one of the most economical roofing options. These roofing materials are available in a range of colors and can be customized to match most homes. This traditional residential roof lasts about 15-20 years. However, if you live in an area prone to strong winds, torrential rain, and frozen precipitation, a 3-tab asphalt shingle roof may not be the best option for you.
Dimensional shingles are asphalt shingles with a little spice. These shingles feature layered material atop a base mat and an asphalt granule coating. Dimensional shingles are a bit more expensive than 3-tab shingles, but they last longer (20-30 year lifespan) and look better. If you want a refined look without drastic cost increases, dimensional shingles are the way to go.
If you’re after a high-end finish, consider luxury shingles. They are the most expensive and most durable asphalt shingles. Bigger, bolder, and fancier, luxury shingles are created to look like slate tiles but come at a fraction of the cost, weight, and installation time. Luxury shingles are the longest-lived variety and can last between 25 years to four decades.
Signs of Damage to Asphalt Shingle Roofs
While asphalt shingles can withstand some punishment, eventually, like all things, they fall into disrepair. Repairing or replacing damaged shingles can keep you from having to invest in a total roof replacement. As a GAF-certified installer, we understand the nuances that are inherent to a strong roof installation and a strong roof repair. Below are some signs that roof repair may be necessary.
All asphalt shingles are coated with protective granules. If you or your roof inspector notices that your shingles are depleted of granules, it may be time to replace those shingles. Without their protective coating, shingles are susceptible to leaks and ultraviolet radiation. Noticing water stains on walls or ceilings and visible leaks can also indicate that you need asphalt shingle repair. Curly, mossy, or missing shingles, and damage around chimneys or skylights can all hint at the need for asphalt shingle repair in Seminole, TX. The roofers at Schmitt Roofing and Construction have years of experience installing and repairing asphalt shingle roofs in west Texas, and can help you keep your roof functional and attractive. Call us at 432-955-5335 to get started on your roof repairs in Seminole, TX.