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The Three Types of Asphalt Shingles

The Three Types of Asphalt Shingles

One of the most frequent inquiries heard by Century Roofing Specialist is a bid for a new asphalt shingle roof. Many callers, however, are unfamiliar with the fact that there are three common types of asphalt shingle roofs to consider.

Three-tab Asphalt Shingles

Three-tab asphalt shingles are usually the most economical choice for Sanford homeowners who need a new roof but do not think they will be keeping their property long. Since summer temperatures often reach near the century mark, these roofs often last only about 11 years. The advantage of using them is that they do have a very clean appearance, and you can find a few options that will give you closer to a 20-year lifespan. These shingles are also much more likely to blow off than other possible options causing roofs to leak. This style of shingle is the oldest. Prior to about 1980, over 75 percent of all asphalt roofs used three-tab shingles.

Dimensional Asphalt Shingles

While having a dimensional asphalt shingles roof installed will cost you more, most homeowners are much happier with the results. These shingles often last up to 30 years, so you may only need to replace your roof one time. One of the reasons that they are so durable is that they are made of two or more layers, so if one layer is damaged, the other layer often stays in place protecting your roof from leaks. Additionally, there are many more color options available allowing you to create a custom look to your home.

Luxury Asphalt Shingles

Luxury asphalt shingles are designed to replicate the look of a slate or cedar shake. Therefore, they help homes look fantastic. These shingles may weigh three times as much as a three-tab shingle, so they have extra durability built right into them. Most are designed to last over 25 years. It is incredibly easy to create a custom look with these shingles. Many have impact resistance built into them, which may help you save on your homeowner’s insurance. Each year, shingle manufacturers create new luxury asphalt shingle options, so make sure if you have not considered them for a while that you take another look.

What Are Some Shingle Features to Consider?

Shingles come with many different features that are worth considering including:

  • Cool

    These shingles have a special coating designed to keep roofs cooler.

  • Algae-resistant

    These shingles contain additives to keep algae from forming and growing.

  • Impact-resistant

    Shingles are rated on a scale from one to four with four being the most impact-resistant.

While there are many roofing contractors in Sanford, Century Roofing Specialist should be on your shortlist. These roofing contractors in Sanford speak both English and Spanish. They will be glad to discuss the specifics of your situation with you and help you decide which type of asphalt shingle meets your criteria the best. Give them a call today at 407-393-8888.