Asphalt shingle roofing is widely used across the United States in residential roofing applications. Affordable, practical, and fire-resistant, asphalt shingles are a good choice for many homeowners seeking a Denver roofing material option. 

If you’re looking to have a new roof installed, asphalt shingles could help you complete this exterior renovation project on a budget. Here, we’ll discuss asphalt shingle roofing and the benefits that it can provide to your Denver roof. 

What Are Asphalt Shingles Made Of?

Asphalt shingle materials can be made out of cellulose, an organic material, or glass fibers, an inorganic material. Other organic or inorganic materials may be used, although cellulose and glass are the most common options. No matter the material used, asphalt shingles receive a coating of asphalt and mineral granules to protect your roof against the elements. 

Organic Asphalt Shingles

Organic asphalt shingles are made by creating a base mat out of organic fibers. This mat is saturated with asphalt. Then, an outer layer of asphalt is added, along with mineral granules on the exterior of the shingles. 

Inorganic Asphalt Shingles

Unlike organic asphalt shingles, inorganic asphalt shingles are only coated in asphalt – not saturated in it. Mineral granules are still used to surface the shingles, providing much-needed weather protection here in Denver. Glass fibers are naturally more durable than cellulose fibers and don’t need to be drenched in asphalt for strength. 

Types of Asphalt Shingles

There are three main types of asphalt shingle designs. Strip shingles, dimensional shingles, and premium shingles can fulfill different homeowners’ needs. 

Strip Shingles

Strip shingles are the most affordable type of asphalt shingles. Also called three-tab shingles, strip asphalt shingles are flat and only have one layer. This makes them the most lightweight asphalt shingle variety available.

While strip shingles were the most widely-used form of asphalt shingle in past decades, they’re less commonly used today. Since strip shingles provide a simplistic look and less strength than asphalt shingles with multiple layers, they’re now only used for roofing projects on a tight budget. 

Dimensional Shingles

Dimensional shingles are a mid-range type of asphalt shingle. More expensive than strip shingles but more affordable than premium shingles, dimensional shingles are a great option for many homeowners. Dimensional shingles have at least two layers of asphalt and provide a richer appearance than strip shingles. This type of shingle is also heavier than strip shingles, providing greater sturdiness. 

Premium Shingles

Premium shingles are the priciest and highest-quality type of asphalt shingle available. Premium shingles have a luxurious appearance with greater coloration and depth than any other form of asphalt shingle. Additionally, this variety of asphalt shingles can be made to mimic the appearance of other roofing material types, such as slate and wood. 

The Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

There are multiple benefits that asphalt shingles provide as a Denver roofing material. These benefits have made asphalt shingles among the most popular residential roofing materials available today. 

  • Fire-resistance

Asphalt roofing is made to adhere to fire resistance standards for roofing materials. 

  • Protection against a variety of weather conditions

The weather here in Denver can be erratic. Asphalt roofing provides strength against the elements, including sunlight, frigid temperatures, snow, rain, and hail. 

  • Affordability

One of the most attractive benefits of asphalt roofing is affordability. New roof installation can be pricey. But, asphalt roofing may bring a new roof within the budgets of a broader range of homeowners. Among the roofing materials available, asphalt shingles provide the greatest cost-efficiency.  

  • Easy installation

When you have a new roof installed, you have to accommodate a team of roofers and the required equipment. Asphalt roofing is lightweight and easy to install, which significantly cuts down on the duration of the installation process. This provides greater convenience to Denver homeowners. 

  • Style options

Asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colors and styles. You can find an option to suit your unique preferences and match the exterior of your Denver home. 

  • Minimal maintenance

When asphalt shingles are properly installed, they require little maintenance to remain in condition. Besides regular inspections and repairs after major weather events, like severe hailstorms, you won’t have to perform much upkeep with an asphalt shingle roof.

If it’s time to update your Denver roofing material, contact Clearwater Exteriors today. We can provide expert roofing services for your needs.

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