A Look at the Features of Asphalt Shingles

A Look at the Features of Asphalt Shingles

When it comes to your roofing, you need the right material to feel safe. While manufacturers have made different options over the years, many agree that the most reliable and time-tested roofing material is asphalt shingles. They are easy to install and, thanks to product innovations, come in various designs. Read on to find out just how much this hardworking material has to offer.

Premium Design Asphalt Shingles

A common issue with other types of shingles, such as wood and slate, is that they can be difficult to install and maintain. This is unfortunate because they are often elegantly designed and would enhance the curb appeal of many homes.

This is why companies have made asphalt shingles that mimic those types of roofing designs. For example, GAF offers its Grand Canyon™ line. It looks like patterned wood-shake, but has all the advantages of asphalt, being only slightly heavier, and is easy to install.

Impact Resistance

A common enemy of all shingles is debris. Whether it is from the sky in the form of hail or from nearby trees in the form of branches, debris left on your roof can do a lot of damage to your shingles and roof structure.

That’s why manufacturers have helped roofing repair contractors by developing high-impact resistant asphalt shingles. These are rated class 4 (the highest in the scale), meaning they can withstand heavy hits without breaking.

Anti-Algae Materials

Some roofing shingles look like they have dark streaks. These streaks are actually moss, which means that your roof has suffered from moisture damage. To prevent this, some manufacturers have developed additives that prevent moss growth. For example, some shingles can be coated with copper to discourage moisture retention.

Want these shingles on your roof? Here at Krech Exteriors, we provide the best possible materials from manufacturers like GAF, CertainTeed® and Andersen®. We serve clients in and near Minneapolis and St. Paul. Just give us a call at (651) 968-888, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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