A Guide to Purchasing Asphalt Shingles

If you’re anything like the majority of American homeowners, when the time comes to get a new roof for your house, asphalt shingles are the very first option you consider for the project. Nearly seventy-five percent of all homes in the United States have this roofing material installed. There are a variety of reasons for this, starting with the affordability and durability of asphalt shingles. This material costs significantly less than many other options, including wood shakes, slate tiles, and even metal panels. As you read on, you’ll learn more about the process of purchasing asphalt shingles in this day and age.

What kinds of shingles can I choose from?

Today’s homeowners can pick from two primary types of asphalt shingles: strip shingles and architectural shingles. If it’s been a while since you had your home re-roofed, architectural shingles may not have even existed last time you shopped. Strip shingles, which are the basic style you’ve probably seen before, are typically sold in the “three-tab” variety. These shingles are completely flat and feature three tabs on a 12-inch tall by 36-inch wide panel; the tabs allow the installer to essentially create three separate 12-inch shingles that can be laid however the homeowner desires.

Architectural shingles have a more high-end look than strip shingles, typically featuring textures, varying heights, and generally more dramatic appearances than their flat counterparts. Modern architectural shingles are often designed to look like more expensive products, including wood shakes and even Mediterranean-esque tiles. Many of the shingles in this category feature scalloped edges to mimic the appearance of upscale roofing materials.

Specialty shingles, including large-scale individual panels and interlocking shingle panels, are also available. Oversized shingles are typically used for commercial purposes, such as on warehouses, but there are special cases when residential projects may also call for them. Interlocking styles are an especially good option for those who live in coastal Carolina regions where high winds and heavy rains are possible; they do not rip off as easily as traditional three-tab shingles. Talk to your contractor to learn more about the asphalt shingles options that are available to you before you make a purchase.

How are shingles crafted?

The way asphalt shingles are put together has not changed much since they were originally manufactured in the early 1950s. They generally feature three parts: the butt (the bottom edge), the exposure (the top, visible portion), and the tab itself. Shingles are sold in a number of weights, with heavier options generally expected to last longer than thinner, less expensive styles. If you’re going to be in your current home for awhile, it’s usually worth it to pay a bit more for upscale asphalt shingles.

If you are thinking about having a new asphalt shingle roof installed on your house soon, let the Hatch Homes team help you! Our skilled crew will do the job right, so you won’t have to worry about leaks, loose shingles, and other issues later on. Simply give us a call today to schedule a consultation with a team member.

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