Choosing the Right Asphalt Shingles

Shingles:  In St. Louis our weather can change from one moment to the next. Our wacky weather makes it hard to decide what to wear for the day. But, it can also be rough on your roof. With our recent bout of bad weather you might need to replace some shingles. Shingles are typically made from a handful of different types of materials. Asphalt is typically the most popular material because of its economical pricing and its ability to hold up to punishing weather.

Fiberglas or Organic

When it comes to asphalt shingles, you have two different types to choose from Fiberglas or organic. Fiberglass models are still made with asphalt, but they are generally lighter than organic models. Fiberglass typically has a better warranty and fire rating than their organic counterparts.

Organic or traditional shingles are typically made with 40% more asphalt than fiberglass. This makes them heavier, more resistant to the elements and as you might’ve guessed, more expensive.

Organics do have some drawbacks. They tend to be more absorbent. As a result, there is a higher likelihood that they will become warped. Organics contain higher levels of asphalt this makes them harsher on the environment.

Three-Tab or Architectural

Regardless of material, there are two varieties three-tab or architectural. Three-tab shingles get their name because of the way they are designed. Each shingle looks as though it stands alone, but instead, there are actually three shingles per piece.

Architecturals do not have the three-piece look. They differ by having an extra coating of asphalt on the lower portion.

This extra coating gives them a more detailed look. Architectural shingles stand up to water better because they have an extra layer of sealant.

Warranties and Cost

Asphalt shingles typically come with a warranty of 15 or 30 years. Our “St. Louis Weather” can be hard on your shingles. Long periods of high temperatures and big temperature swings can lead to a lot of wear and tear. The freezing and thawing of intense winter weather can leave your roof in need of repair. Unfortunately, our St. Louis weather covers all the bases in terms of whether that can take a toll on shingles.

As far as the cost of material goes, on average, it can cost anywhere between $100-$200 per hundred square feet of roof. The major driver in the cost is the installation.

It’s always a good idea to get quotes from multiple contractors in the area. Labor prices can vary widely.

How to Choose a Contractor

The most important part of having your shingles installed is the same as it is with any home improvement project. You want to choose someone knowledgeable, dependable and local.

At Elite Exteriors we are local and proud of it. We live and work in St. Louis. Each roof presents a different set of challenges depending upon its design, angles and the weather patterns in the area. Our roofers are the best in the business. We have the skills and expertise to properly handle any roofing challenge you can throw our way. Plus, we understand the unique difficulties that can come with our local weather.

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