Posted on August 7, 2013
There are many roofing options you can choose from today as a homeowner, but the most widely used is laminate composite. There are several reasons for the popularity of this roofing option for homeowners. Evaluating the benefits versus the disadvantages of this roofing material will help you to make the most informed decision possible for your home before you get your new roof installed.
Perhaps the most obvious advantage of laminate composite roofing, which is also called asphalt shingles, is the cost. This roofing option is the cheapest for homeowners, and it lasts for up to 20 years. Part of the reason for the low cost is the ease of installation, which lowers your initial installation costs. It is also easy to repair, which can save you on maintenance costs over time.
Another advantage your home can have with laminate composite roofing is the textured look that it gives to your roof. The overlapping method of putting the shingles in place creates this layered look. There are a range of colors you can choose from for the roof, with variations among the shingles used, which enhances the overall appearance of your home. If you want to lower the cost of cooling your home, choose the lightest available shades for your shingles because the lighter colors reflect warming sunlight away from your roof. Darker colors may be selected to match the aesthetics of your home.
There are two main categories of asphalt shingles – organic and fiberglass. We offer the more commonly used fiberglass shingles. These consist of an asphalt mixed with granulated minerals which are in layers above a fiberglass base. This differs from organic shingles which have a wood-pulp-derived base. The base of the shingle matters little to the exterior appearance because both organic and fiberglass shingles have the same asphalt and mineral coating.
In the wetter areas of Washington State, mold can be a problem. That is why we offer the option to get laminate composite roofing with a fungus-resistant component added. You should consider this to lengthen the life of your roof and prevent mold and algae growth, which detracts from your roof’s – and home’s – appearance.
When selecting fiberglass asphalt shingles, the National Roofing Contractor’s Association recommends opting for shingles that meet ASTM D 3462 standards, and organic shingles should meet ASTM D 225 standards. The standards will be listed on the wrapper of the shingles or in the information provided with them. Feel free to ask about the type of asphalt shingles that are being installed on your home.
If you are interested in getting a new roof, consider laminate composite. You can get a written estimate for the price of having a new asphalt shingle roof installed by us, but first, you need to call. You can also contact us with any questions you may have about the types of roofs we install and our other services, like repairs and inspections. Ring us at Hayes Roofing using either phone number (425) 348-4145 or (425) 778-0935.