Asphalt Shingles for Bay Area Residential Roofing
Whether you need emergency roof repair in Oakland; or you’re putting the finishing touches on architectural plans for a new San Francisco building downtown, consider using asphalt shingles.
The word “asphalt” connotes “gritty and industrial” in the minds of most people. But asphalt is a surprisingly versatile material. There are two main categories: fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are more popular than organic asphalt, due to the fact that they are lighter, thinner, longer warranties, and generally better rated for fires than their organic counterparts. Organic materials are flexible, however, and they can stand up to weathering more aggressively.
Once you choose between organic and fiberglass, you then need to choose your type of shingle: three tab or architectural. Three tabs fit together kind of like puzzle pieces. Architectural shingles are more waterproof and durable due to their construction, but they’re not good for significantly sloped roofs.
In terms of style, you can choose from a nearly endless buffet, since asphalt shingles can now be made to mimic almost all other types of roofing materials, including slate, wood, tile and beyond. Likewise, you can find every color on the color wheel. Use online tools to test combinations of colors and styles to figure out what would look best on your roof.
Some shingles also contain technology to help building owners save money. For instance, one asphalt shingle technology contains specially formulated granules that reflect radiation from the sun. These allegedly can slash the temperature of a roof by up to 20% during warm days.
Manufacturers’ warranties can range widely – between 15 and 30 years. Fortunately, the Bay Area has a relatively moderate climate, so shingles can last longer. But in more severe climates – where temperatures spike during the day and then drop at night – asphalt shingles wear out faster because the exaggerated temperature differentials stress the material. Mold, algae and moss can also discolor or deteriorate the shingles. The roof’s slope can also impact the life of the product.
Shingles on a steep roof will be less likely to accrue snow, ice and debris – thus they’re likely to last longer.
As any East Bay roofing contractor will tell you, asphalt shingles are relatively fast and cheap to install. But you should consider your materials needs from many angles. The cost of installation is just one important dimension to consider.
For help selecting an appropriate solution for your construction or repair needs, connect with an Oakland roofing contractor here at Ben’s Roofing. Call (510) 690-8570 or use our contact form for a free estimate.