Asphalt shingles were invented in 1901. By 1910 they were widely used for residential and commercial roofing. Now, they are one of the most common and popular roofing materials. This is due to a number of benefits that residential roofers in Indianapolis have known about for years. Not only are asphalt shingles cost-effective, but they are also very durable. Before you choose this type of roofing material, it is best to have an understanding of when you should replace your roof. Furthermore, the type of maintenance that you will need to complete on your roof should be known. Will it be completed independently or with the help of a residential roofing contractor in Indianapolis? If you have questions about your current roof or are considering a roof replacement, give the roofing experts at Jackson Contracting a call today.
Benefits of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are great for residential and commercial roofing projects. They can last 25 years or more (depending on how well they are taken care of). Additionally, they can be designed to look like tile, wood, or slate. At Jackson Contracting, we offer a variety of colors to include
- Aged Cedar
- Chateau Green
- Desert Tan
- Estate Gray
- Onyx Black
- Peppermill Gray
- Sand Castle
- Shasta White
- Sierra Gray
- Twilight Black
In addition to the variety of colors and styles, asphalt shingles are easy to upkeep. They are able to withstand high winds and hail storms. Asphalt shingles are also easy to install, lightweight, and recyclable.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
The popularity of asphalt shingles among residential roofers in Indianapolis is due to the variety and design flexibility that they offer. The two most used types of asphalt shingles are laminated and three-tab asphalt shingles. More information on each type below.
Laminated asphalt shingles can be installed to resemble wood shakes or slate roofs. They are also called “dimensional” or “architectural” shingles. This type of shingle is manufactured with a dense base mat and multi-layered with varying types of refined asphalt. This gives a roof the multi-dimensional look.
Three tab shingles are the traditional type of asphalt shingle. They are much lighter (up to 50%) than laminated asphalt shingles. However, the lack of density makes them much more susceptible to damage from high winds, hail storms and/or heavy rain/snow.
There is not one roofing contractor in Indianapolis that does not recognize the overall affordability, durability and the malleable design features of asphalt shingles. If you decide to move forward with asphalt shingles, it is recommended that you keep up a regular maintenance schedule and inspections. This will help you to stay in compliance with your warranty as well as keep your roof in top shape.
Asphalt Shingle Roof Maintenance
Many homeowners would prefer to enlist the services of a residential roofing contractor in Indianapolis to maintain their roof. However, there are some that are a bit more adventurous and do not mind the risk of climbing on top of their house. No matter if you choose to do it yourself or you choose to work with reputable residential roofers in Indianapolis, it is imperative that you maintain your roof. This is for a number of reasons which include warranty compliance, ensuring the longevity of your roof and maintaining its visual appeal. Listed below are a few tips to help you maintain your asphalt shingle roof.
- Clean Debris Off of Roof: It is recommended that you check your roof for debris two to three times each year. Unchecked debris can cause damage from standing water, punctures as well as make your roof more appealing to animals.
- Make Repairs as Soon as Needed: In many cases, homeowners will notice a leak and decide to “wait a while” to fix it. This is not recommended. The damage can get worse and more expensive the longer you wait.
- Keep an Eye Out for Moss and Algae: If left unchecked, moss and algae can quickly grow on the surface of your shingles. This can cause the asphalt to weaken. Deteriorating asphalt shingles make your roofless stable and more susceptible to severe damages.
When is it Time to Replace Your Roof
Making the decision to replace your roof will be one that has implications on your time as well as finances. However, the alternative is to allow your roof to deteriorate, which will, in turn, decrease the value of your home as well as potentially put you and your possessions at risk. If you have had your roof for longer than its life expectancy, have noticed wear in multiple places, have higher than normal cooling bills, etc., then it may be time to replace your roof. It is best to connect with a well respected residential roofer in Indianapolis before you make your final determination. Give us a call at Jackson Contracting to schedule your free estimate today.
What to Expect During Roof Replacement
While replacing a roof is an intricate process, it does not take a long time. If you are having your roof replaced by a roofing contractor in Indianapolis, it should take one to three days to complete. This does not include inclement weather or unexpected repairs. During the day, you can expect to hear construction level noise. You can stay at home during construction, but it is recommended to warn your neighbors and move your cars a safe distance away from the construction zone. When completed, you can expect a walk through with your contractor where they can answer any questions.
Finding a Residential Roofing Contractor in Indianapolis
Each year, thousands of Indianapolis residents search for “residential roofing Indianapolis” on sites like Google. While search results are a great first step, it is recommended that you do more in-depth research on your potential contractor. This includes searching for reviews, asking for proof of insurance as well as proof of past work completed. The U.S. Government recommends that you have two to three estimates before choosing a contractor. If you are in search of a residential roofing contractor in Indianapolis, give the roofing experts at Jackson Contracting a call to schedule your free estimate today.
Shingle Color Selection
We offer a number of shingle colors for our customers to from. Here is a chart of the colors we provide.