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Facts about Asphalt Shingles Roofing Systems

Posted on: February 16, 2017

Your roof and the shingles on it are one of the most vital structures in your home. Making the right decision can be overwhelming but here you will find some helpful information so you can make an informed decision about asphalt shingles.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

There are two varieties of asphalt shingles, which have a few key differences.

  • Organic – The original shingles are organic asphalt shingles. They are manufactured by stacking many of felt, which is made of cellulose fibers obtained from recycled waste paper or wood. The collection of felt sheets is then saturated in asphalt and essentially, you have your basic organic asphalt shingle.
  • Fiberglass – The fiberglass shingles make up the majority of asphalt shingles that you come across today. They are different from the organic because they have a woven fiberglass mat instead of the various layers of felt sheets. They are coated in a waterproof asphalt coating to make them last longer and their top layer is made up of ceramic granules for extra protection. This type of shingle is lighter weight, more durable and it is actually better for the environment.

Ventilation

Proper roof ventilation makes all the difference for any roofing project. In fact, shingle roofs without proper ventilation often lose their warranty, so it is worth your time and money to ensure that you have a reliable ventilation system. Also, this will just help your shingles to last longer for you. In order to increase airflow for your roof, we recommend that you consider adding soffit vents. These vents bring in fresh, outside air right along the lowest point of the roof–the underside of the eave. To increase their effectiveness they should be accompanied by a continuous ridge vent, which will handle the outflow of exhaust.

Asphalt Shingles and Energy Efficiency

In the past, asphalt shingles have not had a very energy efficient reputation. This is largely to do with the fact that this material absorbs a lot of solar heat. However, industry leaders hate to see all that energy go to waste, so manufacturers have developed a special asphalt material that can actually reflect most of the solar heat instead of absorbing it. The reflective granules in this asphalt material could save you up to 15% of your cooling costs.

Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are most commonly found near the penetrations because they disrupt the natural water flow off a roof. Most common areas are skylights, chimneys, plumbing vents, even satellites or sidewalls. It is so important that flashing is installed correctly in those areas because as weather wears away at the flashing, it could become ineffective or weak. Also, contractors should be detectives when it comes to finding the source of a leak. Leaks do not always line up with where the water is getting in the home, so some extensive inspection will be necessary. At Yorkshire Roofing our contractors are well-trained professionals who know the best procedures for installing new roofs and diagnosing and repairing roof leaks.

Recyclability

Asphalt Shingles, organic or fiberglass, can be easily recycled and used as raw material for new roads. In fact, every single ton of recycled asphalt shingles saves about the equivalent of one oil barrel from being wasted. For the environmentally conscious, you can feel confident about your decision to go with asphalt shingles because they use fewer natural resources and you can have them fully recycled after their roof life.

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