Asphalt shingles are a popular roofing material for residential properties. They’re affordable and accessible from most local hardware suppliers, and they have a long lifespan. However, some homeowners are wary about these materials due to some misconceptions.
In this post, Pritchett Roofing Inc. reveals the truth behind some common asphalt shingle myths.
Fiberglass shingles and asphalt shingles are the same. The term fiberglass shingles are used because fiberglass serves as the reinforcement fabric holding the shingle together. These shingles are also called asphalt shingles because they contain asphalt, which makes the shingles weatherproof and water-resistant. In some regions, fiberglass or asphalt shingles are also referred to as composition shingles because they consist of various raw materials.
Asphalt shingle manufacturers have done away with asbestos for decades. In the past, manufacturers did use asbestos to make asphalt shingles fire-resistant. But today, they utilize inert mineral stabilizers for this purpose.
The granules give the shingles their color and solar reflectivity. They are also vital in reducing your roof’s UV absorption. Over time, these granules loosen due to age or severe weather events. But if they come off in significant amounts after your roof’s installation, contact your roofer immediately. While it’s normal for shingles to shed the excess shingles after their installation, this shouldn’t cause your roof to develop bald patches.
Roofing manufacturers don’t recommend installing new shingles over old roofing materials because this will compromise the quality and performance of your new roof. As a general rule, make sure your contractor tears off the old shingles and replaces all other damaged roofing components.
Pritchett Roofing Inc. guarantees high-quality roofing solutions that meet your needs. To schedule a consultation, call (770) 345-1622 or fill out our contact form.