By far, the most common material used by Bergen County roofing contractors is the asphalt shingle. Asphalt shingles are a tried and true option that works well on nearly any type of home. Even so, not all asphalt shingles are alike, which is why it is important for homeowners to understand the differences between the various types.
Asphalt shingles consist of a backing material made from fiberglass or cellulose. The asphalt sits atop this backing and is covered with mineral granules for added protection. Asphalt shingles come in varying thicknesses and are often categorized as good, better and best.
The good category consists of three-tab shingles. These are very basic shingles that contain three tabs at the top. They are thinner than other types of shingles and tend to be very flat. Three-tab shingles are the most commonly used, and they are available in the most color combinations. They also cost less than other types of shingles and are surprisingly easy to attach to the decking. For those concerned about cost, the three-tab variety may be the best option.
Shingles in the better category are slightly thicker than the good shingles. They will provide better protection, and they also have a much longer warranty. However, they also cost more than basic shingles.
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Some insurance companies offer a discount to homeowners who choose these shingles, in which case the cost may be greatly offset by lower premiums.
Shingles in the best category are sometimes referred to as architectural or dimensional shingles. These tend to provide a great deal of texture, lending a more elegant look to a structure. They are sometimes as thick as three standard shingles, capable of providing exceptional protection. Even so, the additional weight may be too much for some structures, particularly when shingling over an existing layer. Best shingles are also among the most expensive.
Best shingles have another advantage in that they also come in styles that mimic wood or slate. These are ideal in instances where preserving a historic look is important, yet using authentic materials is not appropriate.
When choosing shingles, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends choosing ones that meet the guidelines spelled out in ASTM D3462 for fiberglass shingles and ASTM D225 for cellulose shingles. Next, a homeowner should determine whether additional protection against hail and wind is needed. The goal should never be to find the cheapest solution, but rather to choose the best deal possible for the money.