As we’ve discussed in the past, one of the major areas that make shingles effective are the granules that are adhered to the asphalt top layer. One of the signs that these are beginning to fail is that you will see these granules fall away and you may even see the underlay that is beneath that layer.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States today. That’s primarily because they are inexpensive to manufacture and install and they offer an incredible lifetime to value ratio. However, one thing that we continue to stress is that quality matters. Like most things that you notice as a home owner, the quality of the materials have an incredible impact on it’s durability and lifespan. When it comes to something as important as your roof, this is one area you absolutely do not want to skimp.
While there’s nothing wrong with looking for a good deal, don’t fall into the trap of believing that inexpensive materials are always made of the same.
A typical shingle is made up of a mat (usually made of fiberglass), the asphalt layer, and then some kind of granule made of ceramic material that comes in a variety of colors that protect it from the weather. There are other additives that can be added as well, such as limestone and other powdered compounds for additional protection.
Each one of these components come in all sorts of grades and quality levels, and for example a manufacturer could use high quality granules but adhere them with a cheaper asphalt grade. The chemical properties of asphalt are vital to it’s ability to withstand whatever the weather throws at it, so when the quality of these materials are sub-par, the overall quality of the shingle can be compromised.
This all translates to a situation where you might install a roofing material that has a 30 year warranty, and after 10-15 years you begin to see roof-system wide failure and the manufacturer isn’t prepared to honor the warranty.
This is why the professionals are West Coast Roofing spend the time to source our materials from vendors that we can trust, and have a proven track record of fulfilling warranty promises and can provide great customer service. These are the sources that can ensure your roof stands the test of time. Give our friendly staff a call at 520-241-2556, or Email Us and we will help you today!