To the visible eye, most traditional roofs appears to be a single solid membrane covering. The reality is, with the exception of metal roof sheeting, most roofs are comprised of hundreds to thousands of small methodically placed squares or rectangles of shingling materials. Secured onto a foundation or “decking”, the strategically overlapped shingles assure the structure is properly and safely protected. There are dozens of brands and types of shingles, all with their own characteristics, applications, benefits and limitations. The most commonly used shingles are made from slate, wood, concrete, clay, metal, plastic, flagstone, fiber cement, and composite materials, like asphalt.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing – The Most Commonly Used Roofing Material
There are many types of roof shingles and coverings, but the most commonly used is asphalt shingling. Seventy percent of homes and more than half of commercial buildings are roofed with asphalt shingles. Technology and engineering advancements have lowered the cost of mass production, while increasing longevity.
Reasons for the prevalence of asphalt shingles are many, but the most important are:
The lowest cost roof covering, therefore is easy on the budget!
Less weight to a structure than alternative roofing materials to a structure.
Comes in a wide variety of colors, from earthy colors to bright primary shades.
Comes in many patterns and textures to match or contrast any exterior design.
Extremely durable, with new Class 4 hail-resistant options reducing future damage.