Choosing Your Asphalt Shingles

It is time to replace my asphalt shingle roof. But what factors should I consider when replacing with the same type of roofing? Its not a simple decision. In addition to protecting your home, the roof can account for a big part of your visual exterior and will have a big impact on your home’s first impression and curb appeal.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials. They are easier to install, durable and usually the most economical for a homeowner to replace. You can get them in different formats such as the basic 3-tab shingle, slightly more expensive architectural shingles or step up to designer asphalt shingles, which are available in several different shapes and styles.

Choosing your asphalt shingles is not just about how your house looks. It is about how it contributes to the protection of your house and your family. In Florida, we are constantly on guard against and subject to extreme weather events like hurricanes which involve high winds, hail and/or heavy rain Those roof shingles need to be rated and able to stand up to that extreme environment.

The color and style of the roof shingles you select will make a big statement. It is important to take a look at your home’s exterior and consider options that will help enrich its look. You want to make sure the different colors of your home exterior work together. You do not want your home to stand out from your neighbors for the wrong reasons, especially when it comes time to sell it. Keep it simple and clean. Choose a shingle color that goes well with your landscaping, the natural surroundings, and the houses around yours.

Picking the color of your roof is not just about how it looks. It can also influence energy efficiency. A darker roof absorbs and retains more heat on the roof. A lighter color roof can contribute for a cooler usable roof space depending on how effective the insulation and ventilation in your attic space is.

Nothing destroys your curb appeal like a roof with those unsightly black streaks. It looks dirty and ages the look of your roof. Black streaks found on asphalt roof shingles are usually the result of blue-green algae. Many of today’s new roof shingles have components that help inhibit the growth of blue-green algae and helps reduce these unsightly black streaks.

Do not forget to look at the warranty. Not all asphalt shingles are created equally. Warranties are only as good as the company they were made by. Stick with a known roofing contractor and shingle manufacturer.

And of course, this leads us to the roofing contractor. You must choose your roofer carefully. The installation and performance of that new roof will depend on it, no matter how great the asphalt shingles look and are rated. The professional roofer you need is Astro Roofing, Inc. Our quality roofing company provides affordable roofing in Volusia, Flagler, Brevard, Seminole and St. John’s Counties. We are a Florida State Certified Roofing Contractor License #CCC037005, and fully insured. Astro is a SELECT ShingleMaster™ which represents the highest standards of excellence and knowledge in the shingle roofing industry.

We will assess your roof by doing a complete inspection, including the sheathing. We will let you know exactly what your roof condition is and the best options available for you and your budget. We will not lay new roofing material over the old stuff that may have moisture damage to say we saved you a few dollars! The job will be done right by professional installers. We will ensure you understand the warranties, their coverage and any proration periods that are included.

Also, Astro Roofing only uses top line products like CertainTeed Landmark® shingles which are the high-quality, reliable choice for beautifying and protecting a home. Per the manufacturer CertainTeed they “have a dual-layered design that emulates the dimensionality of true wood shake”, Landmark asphalt shingles offer the heaviest weight and widest array of color options in their class, allowing you to create or re-create the ideal look for your home with confidence. Backed by a 100+ year legacy of trusted manufacturing performance, all Landmark shingles include CertainTeed’s industry-leading, lifetime-limited warranty”.

• Certified as meeting the industry’s toughest third-party (UL) manufacturing quality standards.
• Dual-layered construction provides extra protection from the elements.
• Ten-year StreakFighter® algae-resistance warranty
• Class A fire-resistance rating

To review your roofing concerns and roof replacement project, call Astro Roofing Inc at 386-760-8933 or email .