Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing material in the United States. Initially gaining popularity in the 1940’s, advances in the technologies and compositions of the materials used in these shingles have brought them to be some of the most cost-effective, attractive and reliable roof protection on the market. Made of a composition of asphalt, fiberglass matt material and colored grit, these shingles are extremely durable, leading manufacturers to offer 20 or more years’ guarantee.
Another factor contributing to their popularity is the wide variety of colors available. Though there are basically just two styles (Three-Tab and Architectural) they are manufactured in dozens of colors and shades, from brilliant white to pitch black, and most every shade and color between. Each manufacturer has its own set of colors, allowing the homeowner to choose from a sample chart right there in their home.
In order to keep the color consistent throughout the roof, it is important that all the shingles come from the same batch number, (which is printed on each bundle.) It’s wise to keep at least a bundle or two of shingles from the same batch, so that if a roofer needs to repair your shingles at some later date, you will have shingles that are the same color as your roof began with.
Asphalt shingle roofing has made quality roofing affordable for most every homeowner. Both protective and attractive, it is likely to continue to be the standard in home construction for a very long time.