These days, there are many types of roofing systems on the market, from slate shingles and tiles to metal panels to modified bitumen. But when it comes to residential roofing, there’s one type of roofing that has remained popular for a variety of reasons: asphalt shingles.
Asphalt shingles are the traditional roofing option for most American homes. They are kind of the default, which means that their benefits often go unappreciated. Many people don’t know much about asphalt shingles or why they have risen to prominence, but if you’d like to learn more about them, here are a couple fun facts about asphalt shingles:
- They have been used for over 100 years. Asphalt shingles were first used in the early 20th century in the United States. By the 1950s, manufacturers had begun standardizing the shingle sizes. Decades later, asphalt shingles continued to evolve as consumers sought asphalt shingles in more styles and colors.
- Around 80% of homes in the U.S. have asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof for residential projects. It’s easy to understand why when you weigh its affordability, aesthetic appeal, excellent durability, and ease of installation.
- Asphalt shingles last 15 to 30 years. The expected lifespan of your asphalt shingles varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and depends on other factors such as how much asphalt content your shingles have (the more, the better) and how well you maintain your roof.
If you are interested in asphalt shingles for your home, contact our team at Hicks Residential Roofing to learn more.