If your current roof has reached the end of its life, it’s time for a roof replacement. Your roof replacement could be due to excessive hail damage or a bad storm that came through the Austin area, or it may simply be due to normal wear and tear, and your roof has reached its natural end of life. Regardless of the specific reason, replacing a roof means you as the homeowner have the chance to change the look and feel of your home’s exterior through your selection of your roofing materials. The top 3 roofing materials we see installed on homes in the Austin area are: asphalt, metal, and clay tile. Among those 3, asphalt shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material out there – and for good reason. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of choosing asphalt shingles for your home.
Benefits of Choosing Asphalt Shingles for your Home
Simply put, asphalt shingles are:
- Less expensive than other roofing shingle options
- Can be maintained or replaced through routine roofing services
- Come in different looks, colors, or styles to suit your home’s architecture and features, and your design style.
A question we hear a lot from our customers is: How long does a shingled roof last? The number of years a roof will last will depend on factors like the environment, roof slope, ventilation, and other issues. Manufacturer warranties on shingles may extend from 15 to 50 years or even longer, but if you purchase, say, a 20-year shingle, you want to get 20 years out of it if possible, right? That’s why we recommend only top-quality roofing materials. Driftwood Builders Roofing offers top-quality asphalt shingles from many of the leading makers in the industry – including GAF, Tamko, and Owens Corning – all which come in a dazzling variety of styles and colors.
3 Basic Asphalt Shingle Styles
The traditional 3-tab shingle is so named because it comes in a strip with notches that give the illusion of separate shingles. This shingle style was the kind you used to see practically everywhere, and it can perform its essential tasks admirably for many years. From a cosmetic standpoint, though, the unvaried, rather “flat” look of this shingle style has lost ground in recent years to more textured styles.
You may hear the dimensional or architectural shingle referred to as a “laminated shingle” due to the distinctive nature of its construction. The lamination process that combines multiple layers of asphalt and fiberglass not only adds durability and long life; the relatively-heavy shingle also appears more three-dimensional on your roof, which provides a more desirable look from the street view. The dimensional shingle has largely replaced the 3-tab shingle in popularity.
The designer shingle is a top-of-the-line product meant to serve as a replacement for (or alternative to) cedar shake roofing. The rows of square shingles give the effect of a Jack-o’-lantern’s teeth, hence the name. Our roofing company may recommend this product to complement certain architectural styles of high-end or custom homes.
Your Local Austin, TX Roofing Professionals
We strive to bring you the best in roofing for the Austin, Texas area. We deliver decades of roofing experience, training, and knowledge in this area’s needs. We are a prominent roofing company in residential roof repair and roof replacement. We will not ask for a deposit on labor or materials as a dependable way to stand out from the competition while bringing you the best product and service in Austin.
When we inspect, install, or repair your roof, we want to provide you with the best options for your roof design, components, and ventilation. We are Master Elite Contractors bringing you the latest in roofing technology, and a member of our local area Better Business Bureau, so you know we take pride in our work and our community.
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