Whether you’re looking for a quick fix or want the most efficient roofing system, there are many options to choose from. In this comprehensive review we will take a look at asphalt roofs, their installation process and what is involved in maintaining them. There are pros and cons to each type of roofing material but with proper roof maintenance your new roof should last for decades without any issues.
Why Asphalt Roofing Is Popular
Asphalt roofing is popular because it is economical, easy to install and can provide your house with protection from the elements. It’s also non-combustible and there are a variety of roofing systems that can fit any budget or taste. For more information about asphalt shingle roofing in general read our comprehensive review article on these types of roofs.
If you’re thinking about buying a new home, you may want to make sure it has an asphalt shingle roof. Today, homeowners can choose between several different types of asphalt roofing including; single ply, modified bitumen and built up. Manufacturers have created special coatings for all three varieties that help extend the life cycle of each type (in some cases even epoxies are used).
The Life Cycle Of An Asphalt Shingle Roof
Asphalt shingles can last anywhere from between 15 to 50 years, with the average being 40 years. They’re installed in three steps: 1) priming and underlayment 2) application of the asphalts shingles 3) finishing materials (shingle granules/slate tiles). Here’s a look at what each step involves:
Step 1 – Priming & Underlayment – The first step is to inspect the existing roof if it is still in good condition then you may skip this step entirely. You should also ensure that your home or structure has adequate ventilation, this will help prevent mold and mildew growth within the structure when any moisture build up caused by the roofing installation process occurs.
Step 2 – Asphalt shingle application Depending on the type of asphalt shingle you choose; they are secured to your home or structure using either nails/staples (single ply) or adhesives (modified bitumen). Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages but both can be applied in a variety of patterns. Modified bitumen also has another option called ballast that is installed underneath them for added support.
Step 3 – Finishing materials – The most popular finishing material used on asphalt roofs is granules which are small light-colored rocks that resemble gravel. They help to provide an aesthetic appeal to your roof by adding a dimension of depth and character. Slate tiles are also available but they are mostly used in more expensive options.
Step 4 – Cleaning Your asphalt shingle roof should be cleaned at least once a year (or twice if you live in a very polluted area). It is important that you hire professional cleaners to help with this step as improper cleaning may result in damage to the roof itself.