Asphalt shingles are one of the most widely used roofing materials. But there are still a few myths about them that keep people from taking advantage of the great benefits they offer. Today, we debunk a few misconceptions surrounding asphalt shingles.
Myth: “Asphalt Shingles Are Made With Asbestos”
Asbestos fibers were once used by roofing manufacturers to strengthen their shingles’ fire resistance. But in the 1960s, better fire-resistant materials and components gradually replaced asbestos, most notably because of the health risks associated with the substance.
Myth: “Darker-Colored Shingles Make My Home Feel Warmer”
Darker-colored shingles absorb more heat from the sun, but this doesn’t mean your home will be warmer and produce higher power bills. Proper ventilation and attic sealing can help regulate heat and prevent trapped air from leaking into living rooms. If you have attic ventilation issues, it’s best to get your roof inspected to see if it needs additional vents.
Myth: “Asphalt Shingles Are Heavy”
Asphalt shingles have different layers: a base matting made of either organic felt or fiberglass, an asphalt adhesive and top-coated ceramic mineral granules. Despite their composition, they are lightweight, which means they’re easy to install. That’s one reason why roofers and homeowners like them better than other kinds of roofing.
Myth: “All Asphalt Shingles Look the Same”
Despite their popularity, many homeowners hesitate to install them for the simple belief that they look plain and unappealing. The truth is that they come in a wide assortment of colors, textures and protection levels. Some even imitate the appearance of other roofing materials, including authentic wood shakes and slate. With asphalt shingles, you can easily design a roof that’s customized to your family’s unique aesthetics. In other words, you aren’t limited to the regular black roof that’s usually associated with the material.
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