Asphalt roofing is a popular roofing choice in the U.S. It’s cost-effective, available in various style options and easy to care for.
In today’s post, your one of your leading roofing and siding companies, Silver Leaf Contracting, shares common misconceptions about asphalt roofs.
Asphalt Shingles Are Made With Asbestos
In the past, fire safety codes in North America indicated that building materials for home exterior must meet a certain level of fire resistance. Some manufacturers then used fire-resistant roofing materials made with asbestos fibers. However, shingles that contain asbestos have been discontinued since the 1960s. Today’s asphalt shingles are made with safer mineral stabilizers to make them fire-resistant.
Hand-Nailing Is as Good as a Nail Gun
Staples were used when pneumatic shingle attachment started. Unfortunately, staples were more susceptible to crooked installation, which could result in a roof system with weaker wind resistance. Hand-nailing should be safe given that the contractor places the nails in the right location and that they’re not over-driven in the shingle surface. For efficient asphalt shingle installation, you can rely on Silver Leaf Contracting, one of your most trusted roof and window contractors.
Dark-Colored Shingles Will Increase Home Cooling Costs
Darker-colored shingles will become warmer on hotter days, but this doesn’t mean higher cooling costs. Homes with sufficiently vented attics can reduce heat transfer from the roof to the living spaces. The temperature of the shingle surface barely affects your air conditioning use. However, in homes where HVAC systems are installed in a small attic space with less insulation and ventilation, it’s recommended to choose a lighter-colored roof to help reduce cooling costs.
At Silver Leaf Contracting, we install roofing that can provide your home maximum protection, enhance energy-efficiency and increase curb appeal. We don’t only excel in roofing services, we are also one of the area’s leading window companies. Call us at (330) 236-4010 or complete our online form for a free quote.