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Pro’s and con’s of asphalt roofing systems
When it comes to choosing the best material for your home, there are many factors you should take into consideration. First of all, you should consider the climate you’re living in. It basically dictates everything else. Second, of all, you should consider your surroundings, to choose a material that fits your home the way you like it. But most importantly, before making any kind of decision, consult with an expert. Even better, set up a consultation and get an estimate while you’re at it.
The most popular material used in roofing systems is most definitely asphalt. Asphalt roofing systems are generally relatively cheap to install, making them the dream choice when it comes to making that final decision.
Mainly speaking, there are two basic techniques used, depending on the material used in the production. The first technique is the organic asphalt shingle. It’s a more traditional solution, consisting of a base made of organic materials, as the name suggests. The base can be made of either paper or wood, which is then finely coated with asphalt, adding a waterproof feature. Ceramic granules are added on top to provide extra strength, and to finalize the roofing process. There are a couple of disadvantages to using this technique. First of all, it’s not considered to be extremely flammable, but it does ignite. Not only that, some types many include certain toxins, creating a health problem for both you and the installers. The second technique used is the fiberglass asphalt shingles. It’s based on non-woven glass fibers, which are also then covered with asphalt, thus adding a waterproof feature. As a novelty on the market, fiberglass asphalt shingles are growing in popularity. On the other hand, they are less durable than the organic asphalt type, but offer excellent protection from fire.
There are many benefits relevant to many homeowners today. First of all, they are extremely cheap to install, and considering the tight budget of your average homeowner, the deal is sealed. Not only that, it offers a huge variety of choices of colors, styles, and patterns, creating the perfect environment for choosing your own personalized roof. They are easy to combine and can create that atmosphere you’ve dreamed about.
There are a few disadvantages or shortages when it comes to asphalt roofing systems. First of all, they are extremely susceptible to physical damage, be it from debris, snow, ice or hail. Not only that, they can deteriorate quickly when exposed to sudden changes in temperature. In addition, they are not exactly the most environmentally friendly solution out there. Also, you should do biannual inspections of your roof and have an expert come and give an opinion at least once a year.
Asphalt roofing systems are great as a short term investment, because of their lifespan of around 15 years. So, if you’re about to decide on a roof for that house you’re about to sell, don’t worry, asphalt roofing is a perfect choice. However, if you wish to install a roof that will last for a few decades, you should probably consider some other options.
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