Thanks to its ease of installation, relatively low cost and minimal upkeep, asphalt shingles remain the most popular roof covering in North America. However, misleading pieces of information about it persist. Our roofing specialists are here to debunk some of these myths.
MYTH 1: Asphalt Shingles Lose Granules After Installation.
Granules provide the long-lasting color of asphalt shingles, but their role goes beyond aesthetics. Granules give your roof reflectivity and protection from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. It is normal for asphalt shingles to lose a few granules here and there, although it does not necessarily indicate granule loss. If you do see excessive amounts of granules collecting in your gutters, your roof likely has an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.
MYTH 2: Asphalt Shingle Adhesives Cure in an Instant.
Curing refers to the chemical process adhesives undergo to attain their final properties. Some adhesives cure immediately while others, like those on asphalt shingles, cure with a little bit of help from solar heat. It usually takes a few days after installation. When properly cured, these adhesives improve the roof’s resistance to wind damage.
MYTH 3: Asphalt Shingles in Dark Shades Increase Cooling Bills.
Generally, light-colored roofs reflect more sunlight than dark-colored roofs. But this does not mean that dark-colored asphalt shingles absorb and retain heat like a sponge. With proper ventilation and the right amount of insulation in the attic, you will not have to worry about your dark-colored roof dramatically increasing your cooling costs.
For top-notch roof repair and replacement services, Willi Roofing Services is the name to trust. Our team of experienced roofers is here to help you boost the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. We use only industry-leading products and guarantee superior workmanship. Call (512) 394-8234, or complete our online form to get started.