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Asphalt Roofing

There are several
roofing choices for homeowners and contractors, including shake,
composition, tile, metal, and asphalt. Asphalt is one of the easiest
and least expensive materials to install; but, is it becoming outdated,
or is it still a reliable, tried and true standby? Asphalt roofing can
either be purchased in the liquid variety or in the more commonly used
form of asphalt shingles.

Liquid asphalt
roofing, also called the hot mop method, is installed by spreading hot,
melted asphalt over the roof, and then spreading a layer of decorative
rocks in the hot asphalt.
This method is normally applied to
flatter roofs. Although an inexpensive method, it isn’t necessarily the
most attractive, thus reducing its widespread use. Additionally, during
application, it releases high amounts of chemical pollutants. Not only
is it bad for the environment, but it can be a health risk to the
installers as well.

Asphalt shingles currently dominate the roofing market with approximately 75% of homes having them on their roofs.
They consist of fiberglass mats coated with asphalt, and have a life of
20-30 years. Their pros include easy maintenance, lower fire danger,
and some possibility of being recycled into paving products. Their cons
include the fact that a large portion of them are still dumped into
landfills every year and can be difficult to dispose of, and a high
amount of energy is required to produce them. They also have a lower
lifespan than other roofing products, and their repeated replacement
make them a poor environmental choice.

Although asphalt shingles are still in widespread use, they are falling behind the eco-friendly curve.
Other products such as metal roofing, recycled shingles, and slate all
have longer life expectancy, require less energy to produce, and are
more recyclable. However, you can also say they are a tried-and-true
choice as well. Consumers are comfortable with choosing them for their
homes, they last longer than most people plan to live in the house, and
they are clean and attractive in appearance.

Decide which roofing is right for you and request free, no-obligation estimates from a pre-certified roofing contractor in your area.

From the many roofing materials out there, asphalt has been considered the most popular choice among homeowners for the past 150 years. What’s the reason for its popularity? Asphalt is inexpensive, easy to come by, and relatively durable as well. Here is some more information.

Costs

Asphalt roofing costs, on average, $1-$4 per square foot to install, including the removal of old roofing materials. This would mean that the roof on a ranch-style home 1,700-2,100 square feet in size would cost between $1,700 and $8,400. That cost variability depends on a number factors, like your roof’s current condition and the quality of asphalt you buy. Get in touch with a local roofer for more information.

Pros

Asphalt is less likely to catch on fire.

Asphalt is one of the least expensive roofing materials on the market.

It is relatively low-maintenance.

Cons

Liquid asphalt releases a high amount of chemical pollutants during the application process.

Asphalt tends to have a shorter lifespan than other roofing materials.

Asphalt isn’t a very eco-friendly roofing material.

Durability

On average, asphalt has a lifespan of 20-30 years with the proper maintenance. That’s not as long as other roofing materials, but generally longer than most people plan to stay in their current home.

Maintenance

The minimum maintenance required for asphalt roofing is an annual inspection. Pay careful attention to roof flashings where rust and cracks can occur, as these allow water to seep into the home. If you don’t know what to look for, hire a professional to complete the inspection.

Common Questions and Answers

What is liquid asphalt roofing?

Liquid asphalt roofing, also called the hot mop method, is installed by spreading hot, melted asphalt over the roof, and then spreading a layer of decorative rocks in the hot asphalt. This method is normally applied to flatter roofs. Although an inexpensi

Why isn’t asphalt considered “eco-friendly”?

A large portion of asphalt roofing materials are still dumped into landfills every year and and a high amount of energy is required to produce them. In addition, they also have a lower lifespan than other roofing products, so their repeated installati

History

Asphalt was discovered 5,000 years ago as a material naturally occurring in nature. It has been considered the most popular roofing material in North America for the past 150 years.

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