Portland Asphalt Shingles
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When you think asphalt shingles in Portland, think RJ Roofing. Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for homes today. They come in two varieties: fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are composed of a woven fiberglass base mat that provides increased durability and strength to the shingle. A waterproof asphalt coating is applied to the base mat. Then ceramic granules are used on top of the coating to protect the shingles from harmful UV rays. They are lighter, thinner, and have a higher fire rating than their organic counterparts.
Traditional organic shingles are made of three main components, including recycled felt paper, asphalt, and ceramic granules. Since the base layer is made of felt instead of fiberglass, these shingles require 40% more asphalt than fiberglass shingles, making them thicker, heavier, and more expensive. Valued for their ruggedness and flexibility, one disadvantage is that they are more absorbent and can warp over time. Because of the additional asphalt, they are also less eco-friendly.
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Determining if Asphalt Shingles Are Right for You
When it comes to projects like roof replacement, asphalt shingles are a great option. For the average homeowner, this type of roofing material provides the best value for the money. Asphalt shingles are long-lasting, effective, low-maintenance, and customizable.
There are several benefits of asphalt shingles, including:
- They are cost-effective and can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance and care. While other roofing materials may have a longer lifespan, the initial financial investment will be much higher.
- These shingles are available in a variety of colors. That means it's easy to match the visual aesthetics of your home's exterior to shingles you have to choose from.
- This type of roofing system is relatively easy for professionals to install which means you'll save money on installation. Plus, you'll be glad to know the job will be done quicker.
How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?
Asphalt shingles typically last between 15 to 30 years. Climate, weather, and environmental factors can all impact the duration of these shingles. Those who live in areas with high heat and long summers will need to replace their roofing system sooner than those living in cooler regions. Regular large temperature jumps, such as 40 degrees at night to 90 degrees during the day, are particularly damaging to shingles. Low roof pitch can also decrease shingle life, since rain and ice are prevented from draining off as quickly as on a roof with a steeper slope.
The most essential aspect of increasing the life of your roof is proper installation. If you have decided that asphalt shingles are right for your Portland home, give our professionals a call. Your roof is the most important component of your residential structure and we will go above and beyond to deliver the best possible results for you.
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