Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular roofing material today. They are relatively cheap and very simple to install that is why it is a favorite among roofers like Trident Roofing. They come in a variety of colors and styles, are fairly durable (some have been tested and have achieved a class IV hail rating), and can be easily repaired and maintained. Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: glass fiber and organic. Organic shingles consist of an organic felt material which is generally, paper saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. Glass fiber shingles have a glass fiber reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The more popular shingles are the glass fiber ones. This may be attributed to the fact that they are cheaper and easier to manufacturer than organic shingles making them more cost effective to the homeowner, or it may be that they are easier to work with, or they may simply be a personal preference of the roofing contractor like Trident Roofing.
Asphalt shingles cannot be used with any type of roof pitch, roof pitch meaning the slope of the roof. Asphalt shingles are used by roofers like Trident Roofing on medium to steeper pitched roofs. There are also two ways of installing asphalt shingles. The first way is by completely removing all the existing shingles. The second way is to lay a second layer of asphalt shingles on top of the existing layer. But roofers like Trident Roofing says that there are both pros and cons regarding the two methods. The main argument against laying additional layers of asphalt shingles is that the roofing materials can get too heavy for the underlying roof framing. And this can be a real problem, especially for older houses. The main argument against stripping off the existing layer and then laying down a new layer is that you’re adding more work to the process but that wouldn’t be a problem for those who have professional roofers like Trident Roofing to work on their roofs.
There are more roofing materials that you could choose from in the market but for starters asphalt shingle is the basic roofing material that is commonly used today.