Great Lakes Construction
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Kenosha WI 53144

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Asphalt Roofing

asphaltroofingAsphalt Roofing (a.k.a. composition roofing) is the most popular roofing material used in the United States. Asphalt Roofing is made from either organic or fiberglass materials. Fiberglass asphalt roofing shingles contain a fiberglass reinforcing mat covered with adhesive asphalt and ceramic granules. Their best quality is fire-rating and installation simplicity. However, organic asphalt roof shingles are considered the best asphalt roof shingles, as they contain 40% more asphalt than fiberglass asphalt roof shingles, which make them heavier and therefore more durable and blow-off resistant. Organic asphalt roof shingles consist of a paper-based material saturated with ceramic granules and coated with asphalt. The ceramic granules provide UV ray reflection, while the asphalt coating provides waterproofing qualities.

Asphalt shingles can often be laid directly on top of an already existing asphalt roof if the existing roof is in good condition, which may reduce your cost of installation.


How much does asphalt roofing cost?

Asphalt roofing compared to cedar roofing or slate roofing is by far the least expensive material. The exact cost of how much an asphalt roof would cost varies from home to home. Some of the factors that will determine how much an asphalt roof will cost for your home are the slope of your roof, the size of your roof, what material and the condition of your current roof and the type of asphalt roofing material you choose.


How long does an asphalt roof last?


The life span of an asphalt shingle roof strongly depends upon the environment. Asphalt roofing in cooler climates lasts longer than those in warmer climates, so fiberglass asphalt roof shingles are used more in the South, while organic asphalt roof shingles are used in the North. Attic ventilation will help in increasing the life span of your roof. Most asphalt shingle roofs will last 20-30 years.


Asphalt Roofing Benefits