Among the affordable and popular roofing options that many homeowners prefer is asphalt shingles. However, as with any other roofing material, there are a few myths and misconceptions about asphalt roofs. Some myths may prevent you from considering this type of roofing. That is why it’s critical to learn the truth behind these popular misconceptions.
In this post, your trusted roofing contractor NC Rebuild, Inc. debunks five common myths about asphalt roofing.
“Asphalt shingles are heavy because they are entirely composed of asphalt.”
Fact: Asphalt shingles are thin and light. And these characteristics are some of the reasons why roofers and homeowners prefer asphalt roofs over other roofing materials. Furthermore, asphalt accounts for up to 20% of the weight of each asphalt shingle, so asphalt roofs are not solely made of asphalt.
“Asbestos is found in asphalt shingles.”
Fact: Although asbestos is a fire-resistant material, it is also extremely toxic. But because no one knew this before the 1960s, most asphalt shingles during that time did contain asbestos. Today, the use of asbestos in shingles has been prohibited. Asphalt shingles are fire-rated, but no asbestos is used in their manufacture.
“Fiberglass shingles outperform asphalt shingles.”
Fact: Fiberglass and asphalt shingles are the same thing. Asphalt shingles may also be called fiberglass shingles since they are held together by a fiberglass reinforcement fabric.
“Quality asphalt shingles never shed granules.”
Fact: This is not always the case. If you find granules on the ground or in the gutters after installation or repair, don’t be alarmed. These are only the excess granules that normally fall out during roof installation. The rest of the granules, on the other hand, should remain on the shingles for the duration of your roof’s life.
Nevertheless, it’s possible for hail, debris, or strong storms to knock some granules loose. If this occurs, your residential roof repair contractor can determine whether your shingles need to be replaced. If your roof is older, make sure to check if the granules are still present. You should replace your roof if it has several bald patches.
“Dark shingles will increase your energy costs.”
Fact: Even in the summer, having dark shingles will not increase your cooling costs. If your home has adequate attic ventilation, any heat that enters your home will be transferred back out. Heat buildup, on the other hand, may occur if your attic lacks ventilation. That said, the effectiveness of your roof in keeping heat out also depends on proper ventilation.
Besides your roofing, your gutter system is also one of the most critical parts of your home. Ensure your gutter’s efficiency by enlisting the services of NC Rebuild, Inc. We offer commercial and residential gutter installation services. Call us at (919) 625-5453 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve clients in Raleigh, NC, and other nearby areas.