The Basics of Asphalt Shingles

The Basics of Asphalt Shingles

July 5, 2021 0 By Janette Watts

Roofing is a term used to describe any type of covering for a structure that secures a roof to the structure it protects. A roof is typically the apex covering of a structure, featuring all structures and materials needed to support the structure on either the ground or on upstanding structures, giving protection from the weather, rain, extreme temperatures, and the natural movement of the sun. A roofline is a part of the overall building envelope, stretching from the foundation to the attic.

As buildings have developed through the centuries, so too have their roofing materials, both for practical and aesthetic reasons. In the older days, roofs were usually constructed from natural materials, such as clay tile, roofing felt, straw, shingles, and even oak. As building materials improved and became cheaper, roofing materials also progressed from simpler masonry roofing to more durable and resistant materials like slate and tile. Modern roofing materials, however, have come a long way from the traditional materials. Modern roofing materials are often times very resilient, extremely durable, and attractive, making modern roofing an important part of many buildings.

When buildings began to be built, they would most likely be built from clay tile or clay tiles. These were the only types of materials available in sufficient quantities to construct a roof. However, as time progressed and with the advent of new technologies, more advanced roofing options were created, which began replacing thatch. The replacement of thatch with shingles was undertaken in many cases, and the process has gone on to become quite standardized today. Roofs that are built today often have multiple layers of slate and other materials added onto them in order to give them strength and durability. Moreover, some roofs may also have other types of roofing installed on them as well, such as metal roofing, copper roofing, and so on.

It is very important for one to keep in mind that their roofing material is very important in terms of longevity. Roofing materials must be able to withstand extreme weather, such as strong winds, heavy rainstorms, and even ice snow. In terms of longevity, slate roofs have been proven to outlast other types of roofing over time, especially if the roof is built properly. The material is also very waterproof and able to resist the elements in terms of rot and mildew, as well as mold and mildew. Slate roofs are not only used on homes, but also in commercial buildings and even government buildings, depending upon the specific building in question.

Roofs that are constructed with asphalt shingles are extremely resistant to all kinds of weather. However, asphalt shingles tend to be rather flammable, so they need to be disposed of properly. If you are thinking of installing asphalt shingles on your roof, then you need to make sure that the installation is fireproof. You also need to make sure that it has been made with double-layer insulation, as well as a metal backing. You will find that asphalt roofs offer some great advantages, such as thermal resistance, fire resistance, as well as being highly waterproof, but they can be a bit of an eyesore when it comes to insulating abilities, so it would be a good idea to put insulation in other places of your home, such as your attic, basement, or garage.

Some other types of roofing are made with an asphalt shingle that actually functions like two layers of shingles. Asphalt shingles are generally water resistant and the water wears away at the shingle layer, which causes the shingle to be peeled off. Therefore, if you are planning on installing asphalt shingles on your home, then you will find that it is best to choose another type of roofing. If you are going to go with asphalt shingles, then you will want to ensure that it is constructed with some sort of protection, such as a fire retardant. If you choose to install asphalt shingles on your roof, then you will want to make sure that the roof has some sort of flashing installed, as well as protection from salt air, and snow, as well as ice, as they can damage your shingles and weaken the structure of your shingle.