Millions of Americans have chosen asphalt shingles to protect their homes and families. You can get these shingles in a wide range of colors, styles and textures. While they’re a highly durable, attractive and long-lasting material, many misconceptions still surround them.
We’re busting some of the most popular myths about asphalt shingle roofing.
Asphalt Shingles Have Asbestos
In the past, asphalt shingles did contain asbestos. However, products with that harmful substance have been obsolete since the 1960s. It means that today’s asphalt shingle roofing no longer has asbestos. If your home was constructed between the 1950s and 1980s, its structure may still have some asbestos in them. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to test for asbestos content if this is the case.
Shingle Granules Fall Off After Installation
Asphalt shingles are embedded with granules that protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. They also give the shingles their color and solar reflectivity. During shipping and installation, some of these sediments can fall off. However, those are usually just excess from manufacturing. There’s no need to worry if you see granules in your gutters and on the ground after installation.
Dark-Colored Roofs Can Increase Your Energy Costs
Light-colored shingles can reflect sunlight and heat, helping reduce your energy costs. A dark-colored roof can absorb heat, but it shouldn’t be concerning if you have sufficient insulation and ventilation. Regardless of your roof color, your living space will remain cool if there’s good airflow and insulation in your attic.
When it’s time to replace your home’s roof, make sure to choose a dependable contractor. At Twin Cities Siding Professionals, you can count on us for your home exterior needs. Call us at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We work with clients in and around St. Paul.