Once you begin to research options for your new or replacement roofing system, you will soon discover that an asphalt roof is a widely-used selection. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, four out of every five residences in the United States have an asphalt roof system. With all the improvements in manufacturing quality and increases in visual appeal choices made in recent times, these shingles are better-looking and stronger than ever before, which makes them a good investment for your home.
Advantages of an Asphalt Roof
- Many vibrant, eye-catching colors – asphalt roof shingles come in the widest selection of colors ever available.
- Variety and availability of styles and textures – shingles can complement almost any style of architecture.
- Used shingles are recyclable – offering homeowners a way to improve their environment.
- They are the most affordable roofing option available today.
- Continued improvements have resulted in a longer life span than ever before.
- Shingles are strong enough to endure harsh weather conditions without being too heavy for typical residential structures.
- Modern shingles have excellent resistance to both wind and fire.
- They don’t require a complicated installation process, and are easy to maintain.
When to Replace an Asphalt Roof
As a homeowner, you know that, sooner or later, every home’s asphalt roof will have to be replaced. If your roof is 20 years old or older, or your home has been damaged by a serious weather event, you need to consider replacing it.
To help with decision-making, take some simple initial steps. While walking around the outside of your residence, use binoculars to check the roof for split, warped or lost shingles. (Do NOT walk on an old or damaged roof.) Then, from the attic area, use a flashlight to inspect the roof deck and rafters for evidence of leaks or water damage and damage caused by insects or other animals.
Discuss with your Roofing-Pro contractor whether a new asphalt roof can be attached over the existing roof, or if old shingles will have to be removed. Get professional advice about whether strengthening and repairs to the deck and rafters will be needed.
Asphalt Roof Colors
The asphalt roof color you choose is a critically important decision. Approximately 40 percent of your home’s appearance from the curb is the roof, so this element of your property must be the most pleasing option available. It’s a choice that you probably will only make once and will affect the value of your home for years.
Before selecting a color for your home’s new asphalt roof, consider other roofs in your immediate community. If your friends and neighbors have established an overall standard, you may not want your house to be too different.
Once you have determined your color parameters, ask us at Roofing-Pro to show you all the options available. You can use online design tools to “sample” different colors and styles to see exactly how your asphalt roof will look before you purchase a single shingle.
There are some trends in asphalt roof color to consider. Strong, vibrant hues are being increasingly used on residential exteriors, for example. In these cases, a neutral shade of roof would not detract from the home’s bold color statement. On the other hand, a complementary dark roof could correspond with the structure’s dominant color for an overall balanced effect. You will definitely want to keep your asphalt roof color unobtrusive, if the residence exterior involves two or more colors or has a variety of trim work.
Call Roofing-Pro for Your New Roof
Our years of experience guarantee that we will give you the best guidance when making your roof selection. And, we offer only the highest quality of workmanship and products for your home’s roofing project. We’ll be happy to come to your property to look at your roof, answer your questions and give you a free estimate. Just call us at 336-841-1222 or complete the “Request an Estimate” form online.