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Asphalt Shingle Roofs: Everything You Need to Know

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If you’re looking for a new or improved roof for your business or residence, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of choices. Between asphalt shingle, metal, tile, and more, it may be difficult to reach a decision if you’re not versed on each type of roofing. Fortunately, at Barfield Contracting, we make it our business to give you the best and most up-to-date information possible so you can make an informed choice. Head over to our Residential Roofing or Commercial Roofing page to discover our full catalog of roofing, or read on for more information about asphalt shingle roofs.

Although every type of roof has its merits and drawbacks, asphalt shingle roofs tend to be one of the most popular choices with our customers. Between its low price point, wide range of qualities, and long-lasting life, asphalt shingle roofing is a versatile and highly effective option for your home or business.

What Are Asphalt Shingle Roofs?

Asphalt roofs are primarily made of fiberglass, with a coating made of asphalt and weather-resistant minerals. There are also organic-based asphalt shingles, with a base made of recycled materials rather than fiberglass, but these are typically not as popular a choice with customers. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, four out of five American homes use asphalt shingle roofs, with a staggering 12.5 billion square feet of asphalt roofing made each year! Customers keep coming back to asphalt roofs because of their durability, low maintenance, and of course their affordable price point.

Consumer Reports writes that asphalt shingle roofs are popular in Florida because of their heat-reflecting qualities. But there are far more benefits to this type of roofing than keeping you cool (although that’s certainly a plus in this part of the country!) Asphalt shingle roofs are typically the easiest type of roof to install as well as being attractive and long-lasting. Other varieties of roofing may last longer, but they do so at the expense of costing ten times more!! Asphalt shingle roofs are also low-maintenance, easy to repair, and durable against the elements.

Where Barfield Roofing Comes In

Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the many types of roofing that Barfield Contracting can help install or improve for you. All of our roofs include a lifetime warranty, GAF high-definition colors, a Class A fire safety rating from Underwriters Laboratories, and a low impact on the environment. We’re happy to install a roof in standard colors of black, brown, and grey, but if you’re in the mood for a more “fun” red, blue, or green roof, we can do that as well!

As we are based in a part of the country with high rates of hurricane, wind, and lightning damage, we take weather resistance very seriously. Did you know that our GAF asphalt shingle roofs are designed to withstand winds of up to 150 miles an hour? If you’re concerned about weather resistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has helpful tips for installing roofing in weather-sensitive areas.Because of the wide range of styles, colors, and materials, it’s difficult to assign a single average cost to our asphalt shingle roofs. Fortunately, we’ve taken a variety of factors into consideration and calculated several average costs for the most common types of shingle roofs, available at our Shingle Roof Cost page. We pride ourselves on a quicker turnaround time than many other companies; our customers can usually expect a two-week process, including permits and inspection, while the installation time for this type of roof is typically only 3-5 days!