All About Asphalt Roofing

Did you know that asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most popular roof material options used today? Preferred by many for its affordability and convenience, asphalt roofing is often the most practical material in residential roofing projects. 

If you’re planning a Colorado roof replacement, asphalt shingles are a material option that’s worth your consideration. Here, we’ll provide you with an overview of asphalt shingles for your Colorado roof installation. Keep in mind that Rocky Mountain Enterprises is here to help you select the best roofing material for your needs, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions.  

Asphalt Shingle Roofing Fundamentals

Firstly, let’s cover what asphalt shingles are made out of. There are two main options here: organic asphalt shingles or inorganic asphalt shingles. Organic asphalt shingles are usually made out of cellulose fibers, while inorganic asphalt shingles are usually made out of glass fibers. No matter which option you go with, the fibers will create the base mat for the shingles, acting as a supportive foundation. 

If you opt for cellulose fiber asphalt shingles, the base may be saturated in asphalt first. Then, the shingles can be coated in asphalt and surfaced with mineral granules. Glass fibers are inherently stronger than cellulose fibers and therefore don’t require saturation in asphalt. The glass fiber base mat will only be coated in asphalt, then covered in mineral granules. 

Types of Asphalt Shingles

There are three main types of asphalt shingles for your Colorado roof replacement: strip, dimensional, and luxury. These shingle types suit different budgets and aesthetic preferences, so consider each before making your final decision. 

  • Strip shingles

Strip shingles are the most affordable, but also least durable, asphalt shingle type. Just one layer of asphalt is used in strip shingles. So, this type of shingle will lay completely flat on the roof. 

  • Dimensional shingles

Dimensional asphalt shingles provide another level of depth and layering when compared to strip shingles. You’ll achieve a higher-end look with this type of asphalt shingle while still getting great value for money. 

  • Luxury shingles

Luxury asphalt shingles are a premium option for homeowners with the budget to spend a bit more on an asphalt roof. While luxury asphalt shingles are still much more affordable than other roofing materials, they’re pricier than both strip and dimensional asphalt shingles. However, in exchange for the higher price, luxury shingles provide greater durability, a more comprehensive range of color options, and an overall higher-end look. 

The Perks of Asphalt Shingles

Easy Installation

Asphalt shingles are far more lightweight than other roofing materials, especially natural stone options like slate. This, in combination with the adhesive strips included in the manufacturing of asphalt shingles, allows for a quick and simple installation process. With asphalt shingles, the process of completing your Colorado roof installation will be fast and convenient, ensuring that your home isn’t a construction site for long. 

Cost

Asphalt shingles cost much less than other roofing materials. Having a new roof installed for your home is expensive, but asphalt shingles can help you complete the project on a budget. Plus, considering the low cost of asphalt roofing, it provides excellent value for money. So, you can feel confident that your affordable roof will withstand the elements and last for many years to come. 

Dependability

Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material option in the United States. With so many homeowners counting on asphalt shingles to protect their homes against the elements, you can feel good about selecting asphalt shingles for your own abode. The quality and reliability of this roofing material have been time-tested by roofing experts and homeowners alike. 

Fire Protection

Asphalt shingles are manufactured with fire resistance in mind. Fiberglass asphalt shingles, in particular, will protect your Colorado home against fire in the case of a wildfire or an accident within your home. 

Style Options

Asphalt shingles – especially luxury asphalt shingles – can improve your home’s curb appeal. You can find asphalt shingles in a wide range of colors and styles to fit the aesthetic of your home. Asphalt shingles can even be made to mimic the look of other roofing material options, like wood and even slate. 

Contact RME today to learn more about asphalt shingles for your Colorado roof installation.