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What To Consider When Replacing Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

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No roof lasts forever, so if you're asphalt shingle roof is on its last legs, it's time to replace it. However, before you do, check out these six important facts. They'll tell you all the important things you need to know about replacing your asphalt shingle roof.

You Could Choose an Overlay

An overlay is a fast, and less-expensive way to improve your roof. Instead of ripping off all the old shingles, roofers simply place a new layer of asphalt shingles over the old layer. However, there are some disadvantages to choosing an overlay.

First, without tearing off the old shingles, you can't examine the underlying structure to ensure there is no rot or serious unseen damage. Second, the overlay of shingles is never as good as the first, which means it doesn't last as long as the first. Last, the total savings of an overlay is only about 25 percent compared to a new roof, which may just not be worth the risk of ignoring serious hidden damage.

Some Regions Negatively Impact the Shingles

If you live in a humid region, replacing your asphalt shingle roof with more asphalt shingles may not be the best idea. In humid regions algae and mold often grow on asphalt shingles, drastically impacting the longevity of the roof.

In addition, if you live in an extremely hot environment, there is a chance the shingles could crack. This is especially likely if your climate is extremely hot sometimes but then gets bitterly cold at others. These temperature fluctuations causes the shingles to expand and contract, which weakens them and leads to cracking.

They Are One of the Least Expensive Options

Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most popular because they are one of the cheapest options. Of course, the cost depends on many factors, including the size and slope of the roof, but asphalt shingles start at about $50 per roofing square. To compare, wood shingles start at $100 per square, and metal roofs cost $100 to $260 per square. On the other hand, asphalt shingles don't last as long as many other more expensive options.

Asphalt roofs last about 15 to 20 years, wood roofs can last more than 20 or 30 years, and metal roofs may last 40 years or more. So, if you choose an asphalt roof, you'll save money on installation, but you'll also have to replace it sooner.

They Work on Just About Any Roof

Wood shingles are best on high slopes so the water can easily slide off. Slate tile roofs are heavy, so your home needs additional support to hold the roof. Asphalt tiles, however, work on nearly every roof. They are also lightweight, so you won't need additional support. Plus, maintenance is minimal, which makes them a great solution for homeowners who prefer low-maintenance options.

With asphalt shingles, there are no questions or additional concerns because they work so well on most roofs, making them the simple choice. 

There Are Many Options

There are tons of different options when choosing asphalt shingles. For starters, there are many different colors from which to choose, including grey, black, red, green and many other colors. You can also choose between standard flat three-tab shingles or architectural shingles, which add dimension. Architectural shingles, however, are not good for roofs with low slope.

Last, you can pick between organic or fiberglass shingles. Organic shingles are more durable, but are vulnerable to fire. Fiberglass shingles are environmentally friendly, can withstand fire but are more likely to get damaged from weather and routine wear and tear.

The Color Impacts Your Homes Insulation

When choosing the color of your asphalt shingles, don't just think about how the color looks. The color of your shingles plays a big role in keeping your home insulated. Lighter shingles reflect the sun's heat, keeping your house cooler. Darker shingles absorb the sun's heat, warming house. If you live in a colder climate, it's best to choose a darker color, and if you live in a warmer climate, choose a lighter color to keep the heat at bay. 

Asphalt tiles are still the most popular roofing option because of their low cost and great durability. If your roof is ready to be retired, don't wait. Contact a roofer in your area or sites like http://dsbahr.com to get a quote.

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9 June 2015