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Asphalt Shingles Roofing

Asphalt Shingles has been widely used in homes for roofing, especially in eastern countries to protect the homes from water penetration, which happens due to heavy rainfalls.

Asphalt Shingles Roofing

(Asphalt Shingles Roofing)

Advantages:

  • Asphalt shingles is cheaper than other roofing materials.
  • It is water resistant;hence it protects the building structure from moisture.
  • It can be laid over the roof easily. It is light in weight.

Disadvantages:

  • As the material looks very ugly, soit has to be covered with stones or tiles as a finish.
  • The material is very smelly in hot form.
  • It can harm a human body as its sticky, so great care is required.
  • Due to pollution factor,asphalt-roofing material prohibited in urban areas of some countries.

Types and Colors of Asphalt Roofing:

Asphalt roofing varies depending on the manufacturing process and quality. In the form of shingles, it comes in different colors and types. It has three common types, i.e.laminated asphalt shingles, asphalt shingle 3tab, and asphalt roll roofing.

Laminate Asphalt Shingles- Laminate asphalt shingles are popular among the homeowners, builders and roofers. These shingles surround with an extra layer of tabs, which gives extra thickness to roof.

Laminated Asphalt Shingles

(Laminated Asphalt Shingles)

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3-tab Asphalt Shingles-These shingles are 3 times long and wider than normal asphalt shingles.

3 Tab Asphalt Shingles

(3 Tab Asphalt Shingles)

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Roll Asphalt Roofing- Material used in asphalt roll roofing is same as asphalt shingles. It is lighter in weight. Typically, asphalt rolls are available in 36 inches x 33 feet in size. Due to its lightweight property, asphalt rolls are inexpensive in comparison to shingles. Asphalt rolls canapplyas primary roofing material or under layer for asphalt shingles.

Asphalt Shingles Weight: Standard type of shingles weight around 2 pounds per square feet. Whereas 3tab shingles weight around 4 pounds per square feet. Heavy weight shingles are also available in asphalt shingles, they are 2 times heavier than standard shingles.

Asphalt Shingles Prices: It varies, and the starting price is $0.80 per square feet and goes more, moreover, the cost also depends on the area, or country. It also depends on roof slope, building height, and type of asphalt.

Asphalt Shingles Lifespan: Life of asphalt roofing depends on the area and climate and it can last for 20 to 30 years. However, it is durable and span for more years if the area has cooler climate.

Maintenance of Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt roofing comes with guarantee of 20 above years, but routine check up and little maintenance is required. In wet areas, asphalt shingles may collect moss or algae. Moreover, it is important to check loose asphalt shingles for quality of roof.

When Asphalt Shingles need Replacement?

Repair or replace asphalt roof shingles when you feel leakage problem. High wind can tear off the old and brittle; old shingles need extra care and maintenance. Asphalt shingles are prone to crack in extreme hot or cold conditions.

Asphalt Shingles Installation:

Installation of the molten type is below:

Asphalt is poured in hot form over the roof, which is either flat or semi-flat, provided the drainage system is appropriate.After the asphalt is laid down, a polythene sheet is used to cover it, and then mud is poured over the sheet, so that tiles can be installed as a roof finish. Sometimes it is also applied on a dead wall of a building, so that the new construction adjacent the building can be protected from the moisture during the rainy season.

Installation of Asphalt Shingles includes:

The roof should be clean and flat before installation, a shield of water or ice is used in very cold climates for protection. Drip edge should be used to cover the asphalt shingles on all the edges, and these drip edges are availablein the form of metal or vinyl strip.

To start with, first of all a strip is nailed to the drip edge and then asphalt shingles are laid in the designed pattern.

Note: 

  • Never install asphalt shingles in too cold or hot weather.
  • Never install asphalt shingles when temperature is less than 40 degree and colder than 32 degree.
  • Extra care is needed while installation on roofs having slope of 4:12 or 5:12 pitch.
  • Sleeper roof slopes require extra care during installation of asphalt shingles.
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