Aug 30th, 2021

Why Choose Asphalt Shingles?

When it comes time to replace the roof on your home, there are a lot of factors to consider. The first is the budget of course.  Because a new roof is expensive, that cost can determine how fancy you get or is just the basic good enough, like asphalt shingles. Even with asphalt shingles though, there are different grades which can range in pricing, which is what we’re going to discuss today. There are three types of asphalt shingles, each has a difference that affects the cost, durability, and the appearance.  

Three types of asphalt shingles and approximate pricing: 

  • Three Tab Asphalt Shingles: These can range in pricing ranges between $90 and $100 per square foot. This is the  asphalt shingles on most homes. With cutouts (the tabs) gives them a distinguished look along the lower edge, giving them the appearance of separate pieces after installed. These are also referred to as composition shingles.
  • Architectural Asphalt Shingles: A 30 year warranty brand of these shingles cost around $450 per square foot. These asphalt shingles do not have any cutouts as the 3-tab asphalt shingles, but the lower portion is laminated with another asphalt layer that creates a contoured, dimensional appearance. The asphalt sealant bonds the multiple layers and reinforces their waterproof capability. With architectural asphalt shingles, you can expect a ROI up to 6% value add to your home market worth. 
  • Synthetic Asphalt Shingles: At a cost of $950 per square foot, these are a luxury type of asphalt shingle made of synthetic materials. They replicate other stylish roofing material like cedar shakes or natural slate at a lower cost than the original materials. Installation is more expensive because it is more extensive labor, but compared to installing a real slate roof, it is ten times less. 

What is the difference between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles?

Architectural Vs. 3-tab Shingles: Is Cheaper Better?

All across the country and here in Texas, asphalt shingles are the roofing material. The cost factor and the easy-to-install factor are key reasons, plus, they  look good when professionally installed. This big player in the roofing industry has 2 significant ways it is manufactured. Three-Tab, the basic everyday asphalt shingle, and the Architectural style.

  • The three-tab asphalt shingles can be easily identified by cutouts, aka the tabs, along the lower edge, making each shingle look like there are three shingles.
  • The architectural asphalt shingles do not have any  cutouts; however the lower portion is laminated with an extra layer of asphalt to create a contoured and dimensional appearance, hence the “architectural” name.

What type of roof shingles are best?

It can depend on what you’re looking to get from your roofing material choice and where you live. In Texas, asphalt shingles are a popular choice because they are comparatively lightweight, cheap, and installation is easy. 

Faux slate shingles are a composite material that looks like real slate but cost a fraction of the real slate. Lightweight like asphalt shingles, so no extra structural support is needed like slate roof. However, it is slippery when iced over or wet.

Metal roofing is available in a variety of metals like aluminum, copper, and steel, even alloy strips. A variety of shapes and textures, it can be more expensive,  especially the copper.  If the greenish patina is your desire, this would be the better choice. 

Are thicker shingles better?

No, not anymore.  Once upon a time in the land of roofing contractors,  thicker was considered better, but today,  would compare shingles by weight, the heavier the shingle the better. Lighter shingles that is no longer a deciding factor in selecting an asphalt shingle product. 

Why the change?  Almost 100% of all asphalt shingles have a fiberglass matt and fiberglass withstands the elements better than asphalt shingles of yesteryear. The fibers are flexible, lighter, and thinner, but still durable and stronger. The fiberglass asphalt shingles of today come with a fire rating of “Class A”, meaning they do not burn. Additionally, they do not absorb water which keeps the asphalt shingles light.

How many years do asphalt shingles last?

With asphalt shingles, you can expect a lifespan of 25 years if they are installed by a professional that is certified with the manufacturer of the shingle and the homeowner follows recommended maintenance and upkeep. At an average cost of $150 per square, this is the best bang for the buck in roofing. 

What is the average lifespan of a typical asphalt shingle roof?

Again, the quality of experience the roofing contractor has will factor in this as does the quality of the shingles and the maintenance and upkeep the homeowner practices like cleaning asphalt shingles and keep debris cleared off the roof. An average lifespan for the basic, typical asphalt shingle roof is 12 to 15 years. 

Is it OK to put new shingles over old? Most contractors will decline the request to install a new asphalt shingle roof over an existing roof. Why? Because of possible problems later. Should you have a warranty issue, the shingle manufacturer will usually decline the warranty because of that extra layer of shingles. Should you have to file a claim on your homeowners, the adjuster will recommend the claim be denied. 

Then there is the factor of the weight of the shingles on the structure. Depending on the age and the stability of the structure, it may not be able to hold up the weight of what is basically 2 roofs. So, yes, while it may save you money not having the old roof torn off, it could cost you later. Call (512) 660-4859 today for shingle installation in Georgetown, TX.