Often the quip, “You get what you pay for” rings true, and home maintenance and remodeling is no exception. It can be tempting to want to go with a lower grade shingle or skimp on some of the finishing better accessories, but making educated decisions will ultimately save you money in the long run.

Benefits of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are among the most affordable and durable shingles on the market. Asphalt shingles are also known as composition or composite shingles. The name “composition” means that they are made from a mix of fiberglass or cellulose mat, asphalt, and mineral granules. Asphalt shingles are naturally fire resistant, and the way they are manufactured allows for options that fight algae growth, offer enhanced resistance to wind and hail, and can include cool roof color technology that keeps your home cooler in the summer. When a quality shingle is correctly installed and maintained, your roof will be able to last to its maximum potential.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

A basic strip shingle is what you probably picture when we talk about shingles and was the only option for a long time. They are single layer, flat shingles that weigh and cost less than others on the market, which causes them to lack in durability and longevity.

Dimensional shingles are 2 or more layers of asphalt fused together. This allows for a more multi-dimensional appearance and can be manufactured to look like wood or slate. Dimensional shingles are stronger and thicker, so they will last longer and are better suited to stand up to our Michigan winds.

Luxury or premium shingles are ultra-dimensional, very thick, and heavy. They can be designed to complete your desired aesthetic, but have a higher price tag.

Things To Consider

Discuss your home’s unique needs with your roofing contractor.

  • Is your roof exposed to a lot of moisture or sun? Different types of shingles are constructed to better stand up to those conditions.
  • What is the slope of your roof? Low-slope roofs require a shingle that can withstand strong winds.
  • Do you have a unique roof layout? A desired aesthetic you’re trying to maintain? There are many colors and options available to complete the look of your home.

Finally, be sure that your contractor is using a complete roofing system with quality roofing materials. The components will work together to provide proper insulation and protection for your home for years to come.