The most common roof covering by far, asphalt three-tab shingles are inexpensive, lightweight, and available in a wide range of colors and styles. They are also easy to install.
Asphalt three-tab roof shingles consist of a sandwich of asphalt and fiberglass or felt layers covered by mineral granules. For several important reasons they’ve been the dominant roofing option in the United States for more than a century. Weighing 2 to 3 pounds per square foot, asphalt shingles are relatively lightweight compared to slate, clay, or cement tile. Any pitched roof that’s suitable for shingling (a 4-in-12 slope or greater) and properly constructed can accept asphalt shingles without further reinforcement.
Asphalt three-tabs are reasonably priced, and you can expect them to last from 8 to 30 years, depending on the quality of the shingle. Installing or repairing asphalt shingles isn’t difficult; in fact, it’s the most approachable roofing material for do-it-yourselfers or any qualified roofing installer. Ease of installation also helps keep costs down. Once installed, high-quality asphalt singles are relatively maintenance free and offer good fire and wind resistance. They come in a wide range of colors to blend in nicely with any siding and trim color scheme. If you live in a damp or coastal environment, you can also find asphalt shingles impregnated with algaecides to prevent unsightly staining.
Asphalt shingles are usually rated by life span, with 20-, 25-, and 40-year ratings the most common (although some now claim to be 50-year shingles). Functionally, these ratings should be used for comparison purposes only. In fact, the average life span of an asphalt shingle roof in the United States is 8 to 10 years.
The term “multitab shingle” refers to any asphalt shingle manufactured with stamped cutouts to mimic the shapes of slate tile or wood shakes. Multitab cutouts are made and installed in single-thickness, 3-ft. strips, so these tabbed reveals show up. The ubiquitous term for them is “three-tab,” but two- and four-tab styles are also available. Generally, the tabs are spaced evenly along each sheet of shingle to provide a uniform appearance and a stepped, bricklaid pattern on the roof.
However, some manufacturers also offer styles with shaped corners or randomly spaced tabs trimmed to different heights for a more unique look.
United Restoration in Colorado Springs
The installation, repair or replacement of a roof is an investment in the value of your home, and the homeowner should be equipped with the most comprehensive information available before deciding which options to use. Building contractors such as United Restoration Colorado Springs, who specialize in roofing have expertise in the various roofing materials as well as knowledge of the local conditions in Colorado Springs and other areas in Colorado, United Restoration understands the climate and problems particular to the region. A consultation with United Restoration will provide you, the homeowner with an inspection report and an estimate on the required work. Contact us today if you think your roof needs repair or replacement, the sooner you do, the better off you’ll be.