Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in America, being chosen by four out of five homeowners. They are affordable and can last up to 30 years, depending on the type, slope, location and weather conditions. Asphalt shingles are usually made in one piece, but they look like three tiles. Architectural Shingles are more expensive, but they have a more interesting appearance and are usually guaranteed to last longer.
Asphalt shingles can be classified according to their design type and constituent elements. You can also categorize them based on their weight, mat thickness, or type of filler material.
Asphalt shingles are available in four design options: single-piece shingle, strip, laminated, interlocking, and laminated. The size of the single and strip types will vary. Laminate asphalt shingles are relatively new to the market. They are designed to mimic the three-dimensional visual effect of slate and wood shingles. For storm-prone areas that are subject to gale force winds, interlocking asphalt shingles are a great choice.
Asphalt shingles can be made from fiberglass or organic materials. Fiberglass is more popular for its fire resistance and light weight, but it does not offer the best performance. They are best suited for areas with moderate to hot climates. They are also known for their affordability and great value. When it comes to composite asphalt roofing shingles, one rule of thumb is that the heavier the material, the more durable it will be. They are more flexible and preferred in colder areas.