Asphalt shingles are arguably the most common roofing material used in Barrie and Simcoe County, accounting for more than 75% of all roofing materials installed. They are easy to install and generally less expensive than other types of roofing options.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
There are two main types of asphalt shingles currently in use on most Roofs in Simcoe County.
Organic asphalt shingles are the traditional asphalt shingles that have been around since the early 1900’s. They are produced by soaking a piece of heavy felt in tar. The tar in the shingle makes them durable, water repellent and able to stand up to the harsh climates we experience in the Barrie and surrounding areas.
The typical warranty for traditional organic asphalt shingles is 10-25 years.
Fibreglass Asphalt shingles look and feel just like organic shingles, the difference is on the inside. Instead of using a piece of felt or paper coated in tar and coloured granules, fibreglass shingles use...fibreglass. Non woven glass fibres. The main advantage of the fibreglass shingles is their ability to resist heat and avoid curling up. Fibreglass shingles are also less susceptible to catching fire or melting.
One down side to fibreglass asphalt shingle is that in cold harsh climates, they may become brittle and crack.
Fibreglass asphalt shingles have become the preferred type of shingle amongst roofing contractors in Barrie and the surrounding area.
The warranty for fibreglass shingles can be as high as 50 years.
The slope of your roof plays an important factor when deciding what type of asphalt shingles you should use. For example, shallow sloped roofs will be more susceptible to ice and water damage simply due to the fact that the ice and water will not slide off as quickly or as easily. It is recommended that for roofs with a pitch of 4:12 to 2:12, three tab asphalt shingles be used. Roofs with pitches of 6:12 or greater including high pitch roofs of 8:12 and 12:12 should use architectural asphalt shingles.
It is not recommended that any type of asphalt shingle be used on roofs with a slope of less than 2:12.
Asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of styles and colours. There is guaranteed to be the perfect match for your style of home.
If you still have questions about what type of asphalt shingle is right for you or if you would like to have one of our experienced roofing contractors provide you with a free, no obligation estimate, call Brentwood Roofing today!
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