Types of Asphalt Shingles
At Titan Roofing, we work with the three primary types of asphalt shingles, each with its own set of pros and cons. While each type of asphalt shingle is made from similar materials, none are exactly the same. Here is a breakdown of each to help you decide which type could best fit your roofing needs.
This type of shingle can consist of either a fiberglass mat, or substrate, or asphalt that is saturated with an organic substrate like paper or wood. These are the most affordable type of asphalt shingle, but they come with fewer aesthetic options, a shorter lifespan, and greater potential for tear-off issues.
3-tab shingles are lightweight but are designed to withstand normal wear and tear for 20 years or more. They are easy to recognize by their tidy, horizontal appearance featuring an exposed layer with three notches (hence the name). If your main goals are simplicity and cost-effectiveness, 3-tab shingles are the way to go.
Laminate, or dimensional, shingles are extremely strong and durable. This type of shingling offers a distinctive multi-dimensional appearance and texture and can last upwards of 30 years. You’ll definitely pay more for a laminate shingle roof than for 3-tab shingles. However, the extra cost can really pay off in the long run. The multi-layer characteristic of laminate shingles makes them extra durable and more applicable to longer standing warranties.
Luxury shingles, or premium shingles, also offer a multi-dimensional look, as well as the most durability among the three types of asphalt shingles. As you probably could have guessed, they are also a bit higher in price than 3-tab or laminate shingles. However, they are more affordable than cedar shakes or slate tiles that have a similar layered appearance. In fact, luxury shingles are designed to mimic these types of roofing material at a fraction of their costs. To send the point home, a slate roof generally runs ten times higher than a laminate shingle roof. Premium shingles are an excellent roofing option for older, period-style homes that look their best with shake or slate roofs. The depth and shadows created by luxury shingles truly makes them look like the real deal.
Benefits of a Titan Roofing Asphalt Shingle Installation
As we’ve already covered, there are multiple benefits to asphalt shingles. However, these benefits only go as far as the quality of the roof’s installation. When installation is done right, you can expect the following benefits:
- Asphalt shingles will require little maintenance. However, even when there is damage, it’s easy to repair them.
- The cost of installation is generally quite a bit lower than with other roofing materials.
- Asphalt shingling is versatile in that it comes in a vast array of colors, styles, and designs to match any home.
- Asphalt-fiberglass shingling offers a Class A fire rating and superior wind resistance.
If you choose asphalt shingles with an ENERGY STAR® rating, you’ll receive all the above benefits in addition to a boost in energy efficiency for your home. That means you’ll be forking out less during our brutally hot Texas summers.
Asphalt Shingle Colors
Aside from the different designs of asphalt shingles, there is also no shortage of attractive colors to choose from. Since their first use in 1901, asphalt shingles have evolved considerably, with colors ranging from red and brown to blue and green. In addition, you can mix dark and light tones to create a vintage or weathered look for older homes. Some roofing professionals have access to new technology that can allow you to virtually experiment with colors via an online tool.
Asphalt Shingles and Energy Efficiency
For our customers who want to move toward green construction and a more energy efficient home, there are many manufacturers who are producing eco-friendly asphalt shingles. Cool-roof technology is making it possible for asphalt shingles to absorb less solar heat, reducing how often your air conditioner has to come on in the hotter months.
By far, asphalt shingling remains the most popular type of residential roof. When properly installed, asphalt shingles have a proven track record for customer satisfaction and longevity. They are durable, versatile, and come in plenty of styles and colors. Titan Roofing offers all of these qualities at the most affordable price of any roofing material.
Getting the longest life possible from your asphalt roofing is part of reaping its many rewards. That’s why it’s so important to go with a company like Titan Roofing. We are a family-owned business, locally operating in San Antonio and surrounding areas. No roofing company knows quality installation, repair, and maintenance like we do. With such a solid reputation in the community, you can’t go wrong with our training and experience.