A popular roofing material among homeowners due to their durability and cost-effectiveness are asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles, common among American homes, often come with myths that cause some people to eliminate it as an option. If you are in the market for a new roof and considering asphalt shingles be sure to have your facts correct and not falling for a common misconception.
Myth #1 – Asphalt Shingles Lose Their Granules Easily
One indicator of failing asphalt shingles is the presence of granules in your gutters. However, shingles always have excessive granules upon installation. These granules shed immediately, but does not mean you need to replace your roof right away. This shedding is normal and indicates that the shingles are settling into place. If you begin to see bald spots on the shingles or if the granule loss continues for multiple months it is time to call your roofer.
Myth #2 – Asphalt Shingles Are Not Eco-Friendly
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material meaning they often end up in the landfill. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad for the environment. Many asphalt shingle options are made from repurposed or recycled materials. Depending on the contractor you selected, old shingles removed from a home can eventually be repurposed and recycled.
Myth #3 – Asphalt Shingles Have Short Lifespans
Asphalt shingles are not the most durable material, but can last up to 20 years with the proper maintenance. They are a great choice for homeowners looking to their homes from hailstorms as asphalt shingles are naturally impact-resistant. There are different grades of asphalt shingles available and price increases and durability increases.
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