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Debunking Circulating Asphalt Shingle Myths Today

Asphalt shingles are the top roofing material used for most homes today because it's affordable. Asphalt shingles can cost a third less than metal roofing or clay tiles. They also offer plenty of variety when it comes to color and style. Numerous suppliers in your area distribute high-quality asphalt shingles that can last for decades with proper maintenance.

However, asphalt shingle's reputation is still marked by its unconventional and dangerous past. 

In some parts of the past, shingles were accused of having asbestos content. Many also believe that regardless of price, asphalt shingles are made equally and will have the same lifespan and performance.

These statements that people accept are entirely false today, but they might have been true at some point. Today's asphalt shingles undergo a different manufacturing, strengthening, and reinforcing system. The new process ensures no dangerous chemicals will leak into downspouts. The process also ensures no homeowner will breathe and endanger their lives because of dangerous chemicals.

Don't give in to the idea that asphalt shingles today are still full of trouble and problems. Manufacturers continue researching and discovering ways to keep their products safe and reliable. To debunk the common myths about them, here's an explanation from Lyons Roofing.

Putting Roofing Rumors to Rest

There is a lot of bad information floating around about roofing, roofing issues, and roofing services. Whether it’s underqualified contractors assuring you that their rushed methods will work fine or your neighbor down the street insisting that licensed roofers will try to push overpriced and ineffective services, you may have heard a few myths about roofing that are quite simply untrue. We asked our fully trained and licensed roofing team to help us debunk some of the most pervasive myths out there. With their extensive experience, commitment to continuing education, and proven skills, you can trust that the experts of Lyons Roofing can help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to roofing!

1 – Your New Roof Can Be Installed Over Your Old One

Some contractors may try to tell you that your roof can be “repaired” by installing a new layer of shingles over your old, broken roof. But as any licensed roofer can tell you, this won’t get you the results you need. New shingles need to be installed with their own layer of underlayment and support, and that means that your roof will need to be fully replaced to ensure it can still protect your home effectively.

2 – Darker Roofs Mean Higher Bills

It’s a common assumption that darker shingles absorb heat and make your home hotter, causing you to pay higher air conditioning bills to combat the higher temperatures. However, this simply isn’t true. While darker shingles do absorb heat, they won’t make your home any hotter. That’s because your roof ventilation and attic insulation prevent that excess heat from entering your home, keeping your family cool and your energy bills low.

3 – All Asphalt Shingles are Created Equal

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials on the market, but a lot of homeowners hesitate to install them, largely because of the pervasive belief that asphalt shingles are all cheap, plain, and unappealing. But the reality is that asphalt shingles come in multiple colors, shapes, and protection levels, and are in fact the most customizable roofing material on the market. With asphalt shingles, you can easily create a roof that’s customized to your family’s unique aesthetic and needs – you won’t be limited to the plain black roof typically associated with the material. (Continue reading here to learn more)

You can trust Slavin Home Improvement to take your residential roofing to the next level of protection and reliability. Let us help you by allowing us to inspect, replace, and take care of your roof's needs. Call us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.

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