Different Types Of Asphalt Shingles

Most people don’t give much thought to all the different types of asphalt shingles available and all the recent advancements in shingle technology, that is unless you are in the market for a new roof. A solid roof gives homeowners real peace of mind every day. If your roof is showing some signs of wear-and-tear, don’t delay. Start looking into getting your roof repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

There are many, many options when it comes to roofing materials, today we wanted to touch on some of the basics of asphalt shingles. Once you have narrowed down to your roofing material choice to asphalt shingles, it’s important to understand the basics. Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing option here in the Lowcountry. If you are getting a new roof on your Bluffton, SC home, then you may be looking at a type of asphalt shingle as an option.

Why do you recommend asphalt?

Asphalt is the most popular roofing material in the US and many other countries throughout the world. It’s lightweight, quite durable, and much more affordable than many other materials including ceramic, slate, or others. Since asphalt is lightweight, it doesn’t require additional roofing supports to be constructed to uphold it, and installation can be completed within just a few hours, making it the ideal option for homeowners who would prefer to have their roof in tip-top shape right away.

Another advantage of asphalt shingles is that they come in a wide variety of colors and styles, so achieving a particular look is relatively easy to do. Gone are the days when everyone just chose boring, ho-hum, standard black asphalt shingles… you can easily make your roof stand out from the crowd with an interesting color or style choice. We sell and install roofs of the following brands: CertainTeed, Owens Corning, and GAF. 

a wide variety of colors and styles

We hand-selected these excellent, high quality brands because we have found over the years that their roof materials are some of the most reliable on the market. The burning question in homeowners minds is often, which kind of asphalt shingle would be best for my roof? Let’s walk through the 3 options together…

 3 tab shingles

3 tab asphalt shingles often can last a couple of decades. They’re lightweight and quite affordable, and come in various styles. Most homeowners only plan on being in their homes for a decade or two, so choosing this kind of shingle is frequently a great choice. Plenty of people love their clean, horizontal appearance (the traditional asphalt shingle look), and are great for people who would prefer not to spend more than absolutely necessary their new roof.

Dimensional Asphalt Shingles

Dimensional shingles are very durable – with proper maintenance, they last for about 30 years. While a bit more expensive than 3 tab shingles, they are more aesthetically pleasing and represent a long-term investment in your home. Dimensional shingles are also known as architectural laminate shingles, and are gaining popularity more and more each year. These shingles are available in a wide range of colors to suit any home.

Luxury asphalt shingles

These shingles offer maximum durability and visual appeal, though they naturally require more of an investment. Luxury asphalt shingles offer all of the advantages of asphalt materials while achieving the look of more expensive roof materials like wood shakes or slate.

It’s amazing how well luxury asphalt shingles have been designed and crafted – they mimic the look of more expensive materials very convincingly. Luxury shingles are thicker because they have more layers of materials, which enhances their durability and your home’s protection against natural elements like tornados and hurricanes.

they mimic the look of more expensive materials very convincingly

Which asphalt shingle would be best for you?

There are so many factors to consider when deciding what kind of asphalt shingle would be ideal for your particular home and in line with your unique preferences. Once you pick one of the 3 options, you’ll have to decide which color would suit your home best. The good news is that there’s no need to endlessly research online and try to figure it out on your own – just enlist the experts at BB Roofing.

We have helped hundreds of people through the roof decision-making process, and we have a well-established reputation for providing impeccable service throughout the Bluffton, Hilton Head and Beaufort area. We invite you to give us a call today. We would be happy to walk you through the options in greater detail, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with a thorough estimate so you feel comfortable making well-informed decisions.