You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
One of the reasons asphalt shingles are a popular type of residential roofing is that they are more affordable than metal or tile roofs. Another reason shingles are popular is that they come in a variety of types so you can choose the shingles that match your home and climate. Here's a look at three types of asphalt shingles you might not know about.
1. Shingles Treated To Resist Algae
If your roof has a problem with algae that covers it with ugly black streaks, consider buying algae-resistant shingles when you get a new roof. These are made in different ways such as adding copper granules to the top of the shingles that prevent algae and moss from growing on your roof.
Algae-resistant shingles eliminate the need to clean your roof every few years to get rid of the black streaks. Plus, your roof has a more attractive appearance when it isn't covered with black and green growth. Some areas with hot and humid weather even require algae-resistant shingles on new roofs. Even if it isn't a requirement where you live, you may like the idea of shingles that automatically resist algae growth.
2. Shingles Made To Reflect The Sun
If you're after improved energy efficiency, look into cool roof shingles. These have reflective granules applied to the shingles that reflect the sun's rays. The granules reduce solar warming through your roof even if you choose darker-colored shingles.
Some reflective shingles are Energy Star rated for their ability to reduce the heat of the roof, which in turn reduces the heat of your attic and home. The result could be savings on your summer air conditioning bills.
3. Shingles Made To Withstand Strong Storms
Luxury shingles are thicker than common shingles, so they survive strong storms more easily. Plus, shingle manufacturers have their own ways to make their line of shingles storm-resistant. This might include designs that keep the shingles flat or that keep the wind from ripping shingles off of the nails.
Thicker shingles resist wind lifting and hail impacts better than standard shingles. If you live where hurricanes, tornadoes, or strong winds are a possibility, you might want asphalt shingles that have the highest ratings for wind and impacts. These shingles could save you from needing a roof replacement after a hailstorm.
Basic asphalt shingles are the weakest type of residential roofing when it comes to storm protection. However, they are suitable for many areas of the country. If you want the best storm protection, check the shingles' ratings before you buy and compare storm protections built into different brands of shingles.
Talk to a residential roofing contractor to learn more about asphalt shingles.