Is Asphalt The Best Value Shingle?

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It's tough, it’s budget friendly and it can be restored / rejuvenated. Is asphalt the best value shingle for your money? We think so and here’s why...

Asphalt is a Proven Shingle With a Track Record

If you’ve paid attention to the roofs dotting your local neighborhood, you’ve probably noticed the roofs appear to be sandpaper. This is an asphalt shingle and 8 out of 10 roofs in the United States are shingled with it.  The shingle was invented at the turn of the 20th century and came into wide use by 1911. It was designed as a replacement for more flammable materials such as the wood shingle. Unlike sandpaper, it does not come in different grits, but it does come in different colors and grades. 

Asphalt and Composition Shingles Are The Same Thing

 “Composition" shingle and “asphalt” shingle are terms used to describe identical material. People use the word “composition” when describing this type of shingle because it is made of several compounds including fiberglass, cellulose and of course asphalt (used for waterproofing). But the best thing about asphalt is the value it represents to anyone who needs a roof. There are dozens of technical reasons, but we think the four below stand out the most. 

 4 Reasons Asphalt is The Best Value Shingle For Your Money

  1. Asphalt shingles are the lowest priced option: While there are different grades of asphalt shingles that have long material life, they also take up the four least expensive shingles available. From basic 3 tab asphalt shingles to Premium 50 year asphalt shingles, they cost the least to buy and the least to install. 
  2. Asphalt shingles are long lasting: When it comes to the longevity of a roof, the material is the most important factor. You can spend a great deal of money investing in a metal roof or a metal shingle roof, but you won’t get any more life than you will from a premium asphalt shingle. And it is not a small increase. Metal shingles and roofs can cost as much as $12 per square foot. In contrast, even the most expensive premium 50 year asphalt shingles run about 30% less per square foot to install. 
  3. Asphalt Shingle Life Can be Extended: Basically, asphalt is the leftover deposits from refining oil. It is rapidly heated and the volatile elements are removed. The asphalt material is used in shingles in order to make them waterproof. However, after Father Time has a hand in things, the asphalt loses its consistency, reducing its ability to contract during seasonal changes. This consistency can be restored / rejuvenated, extending the life of an asphalt shingle for another 10 years. 
  4. Asphalt Shingles Come in a Variety of Colors: The curb appeal of your home can be greatly improved with the use of the right color roof. This can add to the sale price of the home or improve how fast your home sells in comparison with other homes. Aesthetics are important. And when you combine good aesthetics that come with the right color asphalt shingle and its long life, you have an awesome combination that screams value.

Guardian Roofing Sets A High Bar for Value

At Guardian Roof & Solar we set a high bar for asphalt shingles. From Arizona to Utah, our asphalt shingle installers are known for delivering high-quality products and technically proficient installations with the “pride in work” of true craftsmen. Call us for a free inspection and speak to one of our Roof Specialists about our asphalt shingle options. We believe you will agree with our answer to the question “Is asphalt the best value shingle for the money?”...for us, that’s a big yes. 

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