Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Selecting Asphalt Shingles For Your Home
Asphalt shingles continue to be the most prevalent roofing material in North America. They provide a great balance between initial cost and total cost of ownership, and many Colorado Springs roofing contractors specialize in the maintenance, repair and installation of them. When choosing shingles for your new roof, you have a number of options available to you.
Perhaps the most important consideration when selecting shingles is the warranty. There are less than 10 major shingle manufacturers in the U.S., but the warranties vary considerably between them and their various products. The coverage provided by a manufacturer warranty will be related to the per-square cost of the shingle. It's important that a warranty meet those expectations based on cost, suitability for the region, the particulars of the home and the contractor doing the work.
Once you know the price per square you're targeting and your warranty coverage expectations, you can focus on color. Although black is the standard option, it isn't the only option. In fact, recent technological innovations have allowed for a broader palette than ever before. Shingle color can complement your siding and trim as well as differentiate your home from your neighbors' houses. There are practical considerations to color as well. Black may not be an ideal choice because of its absorptive heat qualities.
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Light-colored shingles absorb less heat and can keep an attic cooler.
Shingles are also available with a wide range of features that can make them more suitable to your climate. In addition to selecting a light-colored shingle, you can choose shingles and even membranes that have a solar-reflective coating that can reduce heat even more. Another useful feature is algae resistance. This resistance is achieved by mixing zinc, copper or other metal into the shingle granules. As rainwater touches the metal, it reacts with it to create an agent that actively eliminates algae and other growth. If you are concerned about hail damage, shingles with added impact resistance may be a worthwhile investment.
Lastly, homeowners should be aware that purchasing asphalt shingles doesn't mean being limited to typical three-tab shingles. Many homeowners are opting for a premium product called architectural shingles. These dimensional shingles are thicker than standard shingles, which means that they can withstand impact better, have more surface area for features added to the mix and simply last longer. These laminated shingles can also have a decorative aspect that makes the shingle look like another roofing material such as slate or cedar.