Many home improvement projects are the subject of myths and misconceptions. Whether it’s kitchen remodeling or roof replacement, you’re bound to run into some misconceptions or myths about it at some point. You might even believe a few without realizing that the stories are false.
Here are a few examples of myths and misconceptions about asphalt shingle roofs:
Asphalt Shingles Are Heavy Because They’re Completely Made of Asphalt
Asphalt shingles are lightweight. That’s one of the reasons roofers and homeowners prefer them over other roofing materials. Up to about 20% of every asphalt shingle’s weight is actually asphalt. There are also shingles that are even lighter. If you prefer one over the other, make sure to do your homework so you end up with the asphalt shingles that you really like.
Asphalt Shingles Contain Asbestos
Asbestos is a fire-resistant material, but it’s also highly toxic. But nobody knew this before, so yes, most asphalt shingles before the 1960s contained asbestos. Use of asbestos in shingles has been banned since. Now, shingles are rated for fire resistance, but asbestos is not used to make them.
Fiberglass Shingles Are Better Than Asphalt Shingles
This is a simple misconception. These are the same. Asphalt shingles are sometimes referred to as fiberglass shingles because the shingles are held together by a reinforcement fabric made of fiberglass.
Quality Asphalt Shingles Should Never Shed Granules at Any Time
This is not necessarily true. During a roof installation, it’s natural for the excess granules to fall out, so don’t be alarmed if you find granules on the ground or in the gutters for a few days after installation. However, the rest of the granules should stay on the shingles during your roof’s service life.
Granules can sometimes get knocked off by hail, debris or a particularly strong storm. If this happens, your roofer can determine whether your shingles are due for replacement or estimate how much time is left before they are. If your roof is old, one of the factors to watch out for is whether the granules are still there. If it’s devoid of granules, it’s time to replace your roof.
Get in touch with TopTier Roofing for your roofing needs. Call us today at (315) 877-3760.