Pros And Cons Of 3 Different Types Of Asphalt Roofing

Posted on: 11 December 2015

Asphalt has become one of the most popular roofing materials due to the low price, low maintenance, and relative durability of the material. Asphalt roofing comes in a few different styles to suit a variety of residential and commercial roofing needs. The versatile material can often go toe-to-toe with more expensive materials in both function and appearance.

What are some of the specific pros and cons of the most common types of asphalt roofing? Make sure you discuss these topics further with your roofing contractor during your next appointment.

Multi-Tab Shingles

Multi-tab shingles, also called three-tab shingles, are made of a triple layer of building materials including asphalt, fiberglass, and a mineral granule coating. The resulting shingles are lightweight and can be crafted in a wide range of colors. Multi-tab shingles can also be fabricated to resemble the shape, though not the textures, of wood shingles or even clay tiles for a fraction of the cost and far easier installation.

The multi-tab shingles can be used on any type of roof that could support other types of shingles. Asphalt can become a problem on steeply slanting roof shapes like gables if open wind can hit the sides of the roof at high speeds. The wind can carry away the lightweight asphalt shingles.

Laminated Shingles

Laminated shingles are the more advanced version of multi-tab shingles. The same composition materials are used but instead of having a simple triple layer laminated shingles double the stack. The added thickness gives roofing manufacturers the ability to make the laminated shingles resemble higher end roofing materials in both shape and texture.

The laminated shingles are as easy to install as the multi-tab shingles and the slight added weight makes the laminated version less susceptible to wind damage. If you have a house with gable roofs that take on a lot of direct wind, laminated shingles would be a better option than the multi-tab and the price difference shouldn't stretch your wallet.

Roll Roofing

Shingles are great for steep or sloping roofs that have a natural ability to funnel away rainwater and snow. Flat roofs need a bit more help in the drainage department and that is where asphalt roll roofing can come into play.

Roll roofing contains the same composite materials as the asphalt shingles, but instead of having the materials compressed into layers, roll roofing has long sheets that simply roll or lay out on the roof's surface. The rolled roofing is covered in the granules but can also be coated with a cement material for increased waterproofing.

The relatively smooth surface of the roll roofing allows rainwater to roll down the very gentle slope of "flat" roofs and into the gutters. The appearance suits businesses well but might look stark on a shorter residence where the roof is fully visible from the curb. But if you can't afford shingles yet, the asphalt roll roofing can serve as an excellent placeholder until you can pick up the shingles. For more information, contact companies like Danny Odom & Son Roofing.