Asphalt roofs are durable and reliable, making them a common roofing choice in the U.S. They can last for 20 to 30 years, depending on how well they are maintained. But as popular as they are, asphalt roofs are surrounded by several myths and misconceptions.
To set the record straight, Home Pro Exteriors is here to clarify a few common questions, myths and misconceptions about asphalt roofing.
Are Asphalt Shingles Really Made of Asphalt?
Yes, there really is asphalt in the shingles. And the quality of the shingles actually depends on how much asphalt is in the shingles. In general, roughly 20% of a shingle is made of asphalt, and that is where the granules adhere. These granules are crucial to your roof’s weather and fire resistance, so watch out for any significant loss in granules. If your shingles have a higher amount of asphalt, you can expect them to be heavier than other asphalt shingles.
Will Darker-Colored Shingles Make My Home Feel Warmer?
It depends. Darker-colored shingles actually do absorb more heat from the sunlight, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the temperature in your home will be warmer and cause an increase in your electric bills. As long as your roof has proper ventilation and attic sealing, it can regulate heat properly and prevent trapped air from leaking into your living spaces. Nevertheless, if your home has ventilation problems in the attic, it’s best to have this aspect of your roof improved. Furthermore, when replacing your shingles, you may want to opt for lighter-colored shingles instead.
Won’t It Be Impossible for Shingles to Be Repaired Once They Have Been Sealed?
The sealants on shingles are strong, but you can carefully separate them using a flat bar in the event repairs need to be done. This is best done during cooler weather. Once you’re done with any shingle adjustments, make sure to seal them back properly to avoid leaks and issues. Any lifted shingles can be manually resealed with the help of asphalt plastic cement.
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