When choosing a roofing material, one of the first options that homeowners typically look at is asphalt shingles. This isn't surprising since this is one of the leading roofing materials in the industry. Many homes are built with asphalt shingles because it is one of the cheapest options available. Before homeowners decide to completely avoid asphalt, they should know that this material has stood up to the test of time. Despite the other roofing options available, Fort Worth roofing experts are still asked to install asphalt shingles often.
Why do homeowners keep coming back to asphalt shingles? One reason is the low cost, but they are also learning that asphalt shingles can last for many years when they take care of the material properly. To do this, however, they need to familiarize themselves with the elements that affect the life expectancy of asphalt shingles the most.
The first and most important factor that affects the life expectancy of any roofing material, including asphalt shingles, is the manufacturing process. The thickness, composition, design, color and quality all play a vital role in how long shingles can stand up to the elements. Homeowners shouldn't just base their purchase decision off the shingle's price. Instead, they should find out what goes into making the shingles.
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A higher price tag doesn't always mean that it's a better product, although manufacturers usually do charge more for higher quality materials. This is also one reason why higher grade materials usually come with a longer manufacturer warranty.
Homeowners should consider how the asphalt shingles are installed and the type of roof on which they are installed. The pitch and ventilation of the roof play huge roles in the deterioration of shingles. For example, roofs that don't have proper ventilation hold more heat. Since the roof stays hotter longer, the shingles deteriorate faster. Also, if the installer attached the shingles with multiple nail holes and valleys, the roof will be more prone to leaking, and the materials will experience more wear and tear.
The last factor is outside the homeowner's control: exposure to the elements. Homes located in extremely hot areas with a lot of sunlight need new roofs more often. Materials break down quicker when exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun. Homeowners can reduce the damage that it causes by choosing materials that are light in color. Lighter colors are more likely to reflect the sun's rays than absorb them.