Asphalt shingles protect millions of homes in the U.S. This well-loved material is known for its cost-effectiveness, durability and versatility. When installed and maintained regularly, it can last for decades.
Despite having various benefits, different myths and misconceptions surround still surround asphalt shingles. A local roofer debunks some of them.
Asphalt Shingles Contain Asbestos
In the past, asphalt shingles did contain some asbestos. It may help to know that these products were discontinued in the 60s due asbestos’ harmful effects. Are you getting a new roof soon? Let your contractor know if your house was constructed between the 50s and 80s because it might need to be checked for asbestos content.
Dark-Colored Shingles Can Increase Your Energy Costs
It’s a common misconception that dark-colored shingles can allow more heat to enter your home, increasing energy costs. Darker roofing shingles can absorb the sun’s heat. However, they won’t increase the temperature of your living space. With sufficient insulation and ventilation, your HVAC system shouldn’t struggle to meet your cooling demands.
Asphalt Shingles Are Not Environmentally Friendly
Some believe that asphalt shingles are not eco-friendly because of their petroleum-based composition. However, modern shingles are significantly more sustainable. After use, the material can be recycled and used to build roads and pavements.
They Lose Their Protective Granules After Installation
Asphalt shingles have granules that protect them from UV rays and other outdoor elements. These sediments also give the material its color. After your roof replacement project, you might notice some granules on the ground or in your gutters. Don’t worry because they are only excess from manufacturing and won’t affect the performance of your roof.
Maximize your roof’s service life by choosing reliable professionals for your project. At Nuss Construction Company, we have been providing superior home improvement services for over 50 years. We are one of the area’s leading roofing contractors. Call us at (856) 988-9982 or complete our online form to request a consultation. We serve clients around Moorestown, Cherry Hill and Marlton, NJ.