When you think of durable roofing options, what comes to mind? You might first think of slate or metal. Asphalt shingles, though extremely common, are not typically thought of as durable or long-lasting. However, this lack of reputation is not deserved. Though the asphalt shingles of yesteryear may not have been particularly tough, modern asphalt shingles have many features and qualities that make them an incredibly durable, reliable, and a great choice for your home.
Even if you live in a windy area, there are asphalt shingles that will stay in place through the heavy winds. Look for ones marketed with the "Class D" wind zone label if you're in an area with the occasional wind storm up with gusts up to 90 miles an hour. If you live in a hurricane zone, shingles with a Class H rating are ideal. These wind resistant shingles are made with a special cement that holds down their edges and keeps the wind from creeping underneath them.
Most shingles these days are made with reflective granules. These reflect more of the sunlight instead of absorbing it, so the roof stays cooler. Not only does this make your home cooler, but it also decreases the amount of heat damage done to the shingles. This results in a longer lifespan for the shingles and fewer problems with peeling shingles and the resulting leaks. Though light-colored shingles are the most reflective, you can find reflective shingles even in dark colors like black and brown.
Light Weight Material
A heavy roof is not always a good thing, since it puts more strain on the underlying wood structure and also on your home's foundation. Thankfully, many of today's shingles are made to be lightweight, which encourages the wooden underlayment of your roof to last longer.
Algae and Mold Resistance
Once algae and mold start growing on shingles, they go downhill quickly. A few decades ago, asphalt shingles were quite susceptible to algae and mold growth, but today's shingles are often embedded with zinc particles. The zinc is unappealing to these organisms so they don't breed or flourish. As a result, your roof not only looks newer for longer, but it suffers less damage from algae growth.
To learn more about the benefits of today's asphalt shingles, reach out to a roofing contractor such as Select Exteriors in your area. They can help you decide on the best brand and style of shingles for your needs.