Exploring the Versatility and Durability of Asphalt Shingles

Picture of asphalt shingles.

In the world of home repairs, upgrades, and overhauls, few ventures are as exciting as a roofing replacement. Perfect Exteriors Minnesota has helped Monticello homeowners find the best roofing options around for years, and we’re well-versed in the many available options.

Among these options, asphalt roofing tends to be a popular pick. But what makes asphalt shingle roofing so popular? It accounts for over 70 percent of all residential, sloped roof constructions and replacements, but what advantages drive the asphalt roof’s viability as a preferred option? Let’s find out.

Awesome Versatility

Firstly, asphalt roofing is incredibly versatile. Back in the 1970s, manufacturers mostly produced and installed thick shingles to replace the asphalt roof’s original thin-shingled design—crafting laminate, architectural, and dimensional shingles.

  • Three-Tab Shingles

Asphalt roofing installers were focusing on design, rather than appearance—enhancing the asphalt roof’s flexibility as a leading option forever. The first new option was the three-tab, or three-tab shingle, asphalt roof. This strip shingle roof is very flat, light, and designed to look like a roof crafted from slate tiles. Less expensive than other options, the three-tab roof is low profile—and it’s an awesome pick for houses in high-wind locations.

  • Dimensional Shingles

Architectural shingles, frequently called dimensional shingles, are another popular design. They can be spotted by their layered installation design, boasting a thicker base layer comprised of asphalt-saturated fiberglass. Dimensional shingles are fused in a solid layer, which is also tabbed but has pronounced notches to enhance the roof’s perceived depth and complexity.

  • Luxury Shingles

Recently, asphalt roofing designs have adopted a number of luxurious options. Ultra-dimensional shingles are among these—as are premium, super-thick, heavy shingles, which weigh up to 450 pounds per square foot.

A Shingle Roof for Any Environment

Some of the higher profile shingles, of course, are cut distinctly to benefit the home’s roofing needs. Between impact resistant shingles capable of withstanding hailstorms to solar-resistant shingles, which resist a roof’s surface temperature, the options are virtually limitless.

Indeed, an asphalt roofer will probably tell you that the modern asphalt roof has been completely redesigned in the past fifty years—and for good reason. Asphalt roofing has come a long way, and most asphalt roofs are rated to withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour. Because homeowners want roofs capable of increasing a household’s energy efficiency, many asphalt designs prioritize insulation.

So, how does your roof compare? Whether you’re looking for an asphalt roof repair, installation, or complete replacement, Perfect Exteriors Minnesota can help. Our asphalt roofing installers have years of experience installing the best asphalt roofs around. Give us a call today at 763-271-8700, and ask us about getting a free estimate.