Taking ownership of a home and keeping it in the best condition possible throughout decades requires that you learn some basic details about how each of its components works and what they are made of, and this includes your roofing system. To help you better understand your roof, here are the properties and manufacturing methods of asphalt roofs.
What Is Asphalt?
According to ASTM International, it is a “cementitious material in which the predominating constituents are bitumens that occur in nature or are obtained in petroleum processing.” You can find asphalt almost anywhere since it is used on roads roofs, and even in industrial adhesives. Before the 1970s, asphalt shingles were made from organic felt mat, which had a life expectancy of up to 20 years.
Alternatives to Traditional Asphalt Roofs
There are alternatives available to those who prefer to stay away from traditionally manufactured asphalt shingles. As a GAF Master Elite® contractor, AnyWeather Roofing offers roofing shingles that have been manufactured to perform better than traditional asphalt shingles. GAF uses less asphalt in their shingles, making them more lightweight yet more durable at the same time. To avoid weathering that is commonly attributed to the deterioration and aging of the top layers of shingles, asphalt content is made more concentrated at the bottom of GAF shingle layers instead.
What to Expect of Asphalt Roofs
A study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, “Asphalts are desired in roofing products primarily for their waterproofing properties.” Asphalt roofs are also popular because they are considered as a low-cost option when compared to other roofing materials. They can no longer be considered as merely cheap options these days, however, as technological advancements have made asphalt shingles more durable and less prone to weathering as they have been in the past.
If you want to learn more about which roof repair and installation options are best for your home, reach out to AnyWeather Roofing. We are certified experts in identifying which roofing materials will go best with any type of residential and commercial structure. All our products and services come with warranties to help give you peace of mind. Our phone numbers are (859) 286-6400 (Northern Kentucky), (513) 906-6009 (Cincinnati, OH), (937) 956-0200 (Dayton, OH) and (850) 588-4756 (Miramar Beach, FL). Get a free estimate today.