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Quick Facts

  • America overwhelmingly favors asphalt shingles compared to any other material
  • Self sealing and sure nail technology is nearly standard with all designer shingles
  • Removal of the old roof is not necessary for every roof – this can save the homeowner money on labor cost
  • Cool roof technology makes asphalt shingles more appealing than ever

There are several types of shingles used on pitched roofs, including asphalt shingles, tile roofing shingles (clay or concrete), slate shingles, wood and sash shingles, and metal shingles. But out of all these types of materials, the overwhelming favorite, the one that is universally useful, easy to install, and the one that is most affordable, is an asphalt shingle roof. Asphalt shingles are long lasting, affordable, and available in a variety of textures and colors. The most common styles of asphalt shingles are the “strip” or “laminated” style.

While quite durable, asphalt shingles are still subject to damage, and you should have your roof checked out after severe hail or windstorms. Also, you should always ensure your roof is adequately ventilated.

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The average price for an asphalt shingle is about $1-$6 a square foot of materials. Asphalt roofing is cheap in comparison to other types of roofing and has a life expectancy that is around 15 to 40+ years. Professional installation of an asphalt shingle roof is approximately $2.5-$3 a square foot, which results in approximately 70% of the total cost of the project. Arizona Pristine Roofing is honored to announce that we work with nearly everyone – because we want people to be happy and that is starts with having a good roof.

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Asphalt shingle roofs need little maintenance and repairs! However, check the roof regularly to look for trouble spots or problems. Check that no missing shingles are present, and that there are no branches and loose, lying debris. It is also important to occasionally clear your gutters. If there are bare spots where the shingles are supposed to be, these need to be replaced ASAP to avoid any damage happening to the roof.

The most common types of asphalt shingles homeowners will install are fiberglass or organic mat-based shingles. The shingles will have an organic, cellulose-fiber-based, asphalt-saturated base, such as wood or paper, or they may have a fiberglass-based or mat-based substrate. Organic-matted shingles may contain 40% or more asphalt content than fiberglass, making them heavier, thicker, and more expensive. However, they are also stronger, more flexible, and can withstand greater amounts of damage over time.

  • Durability and strength
  • Manufacturing technology has made the material lighter and thinner
  • The fire rating is better than other organic material varieties
  • Longer warranties
Weather Resistance
The weathering-resistant shingles are coated in hard, asphalt-like material, and then embedded with specialized aggregate particles to create the weathering-resistant surface. A heat-sensitive glue, or a “self-sealing band” of polymer, is then applied over the band, so that shingles stick together after being fastened with nails staggered.
3 Tab vs Laminated
Three-tab asphalt shingles feature a tab, or notch, which is lined up on the bottom edge of the shingle. This means each shingle looks like three different pieces – however it is a larger single piece. This style of shingle design remains the most cost-effective and popular means to covering your roof. After all, a triple-tab design covers quite a bit of terrain.

In contrast, laminated dimension shingles do not have any tabs, but instead sections laminated onto a larger piece of asphalt. The sealing agent in asphalt bonds its layers, strengthening its ability to protect against damage from impacts, rain, and wind. Asphalt shingles are designed to fit on roofs pitched at least 4:12 (4-inch vertical rise on 12-inch horizontal run). Between 2:12 and 4:12, some manufacturers may permit use of their products if they are installed according to their specific instructions. Never install shingles with an asphalt roof pitch of less than 2:12.

Color Schemes For North and South Arizona
In addition to different varieties and designs of asphalt shingles, there is also no shortage of colors you can choose from for putting up your roof. The selection of colors has expanded since asphalt shingles were first introduced, and your choices will come down to what you want for your home and what fits with your styles. Some tones will run the gamut of gray, to red, to brown, and you will also find a little bit of blue and green mixed in. You can even blend lighter and darker shades to make weathered or antique sidings for older homes. Roof professionals have access to new technologies that let you try out colors in your house via online tools before installing them in your house.

Fast Installation

The first obvious step is removing the old roof. While you may feel the temptation to keep the old materials to reduce the cost of labor, you are better off than installing a new roof on top of an old roof. It is very possible and sometimes even better to keep some of the old underlayment (if it is in good shape). However, it is normally best to do away with the old underlayment.

Removing an old roof allows you and your contractor to see any potentially faulty timbers that will need replacing. Starting over from scratch helps to make sure that your roof will last longer, with no deterioration and no problematic materials underneath.

Then, protective felt underlayment or synthetic underlayment is laid down prior to applying shingles. Ice and water protection barriers are attached to the drip zone. Next, layers of the base covering are applied, overlapping each band, across the roof. Then, metallic drip caps and valley flashing are fastened into place, prior to applying asphalt shingles. Then, the shingles are attached, starting from the eaves, working up to the peak of the roof.

Any roof vents that are needed are installed down the road. For those homeowners looking to make a switch to greener, more energy-efficient homes, several manufacturers across the industry are beginning to make Energy-Efficient Asphalt Shingles.

Using Cool Roof Technology, the shingles are now designed to absorb less heat from the sun. This reduces the amount of energy that you need to run the air conditioning on those warm summer days.

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