Asphalt roll roofing is a roof covering that is typically sold in rolls that are 36 inches wide and 33 feet long. Asphalt shingles are precut roof coverings that are normally rectangular in shape. Both products use asphalt in the manufacturing process, and when used as intended and properly installed, both products will keep out the rain. Finding additional similarities is virtually impossible, but there are several critical differences between the two products.
Asphalt Shingles vs. Asphalt Roll Roofing – Intended Use
If your roof rises less than 2 inches vertically for every 12 inches of horizontal run, it has a pitch of 2:12. These types of roofs are often referred to as flat or low-slope roofs. Only roll roofing is suitable for low-slope roofs; shingles will likely allow water to penetrate around the edges of the shingles.
Most homes have a pitch of at least 4:12. Roofs with this pitch can technically use either roll roofing or shingles, but roll roofing is not recommended.
Asphalt Shingles vs. Asphalt Roll Roofing – Appearance
If you are roofing a workshop, storage shed or the flat roof over a garage, you may not be overly concerned with the appearance of the roofing materials. However, if you are roofing your house, you properly want the results to be aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to appearance, asphalt shingles win over roll roofing. Shingles provide a sophisticated 3D look that cannot be duplicated by even the priciest roll roofing.
Asphalt Shingles vs. Asphalt Roll Roofing – Longevity
Roll roofing has a typical life span of 5 to 8 years. Shingles have an expected life of at least 20 years, and the better grades can carry warranties of 30 to 50 years. Shingles are less likely to crack when exposed to sunlight and rain, and most shingles will fare better when subjected to hail than roll roofing will.
Asphalt Shingles vs. Asphalt Roll Roofing – Cost
Roll roofing is cheaper than shingles. Since roll roofing is also easier to install, the total labor costs that roof contractors charge will likely be less than for installing asphalt shingles.
Asphalt Shingles vs. Asphalt Roll Roofing – Colors
Your color choices will be more extensive if you choose asphalt shingles. Furthermore, architectural shingles and other three-dimensional styles provide an intricate mix of shadows and highlights that cannot be duplicated by the comparatively flat surface provided by roll roofing.
Asphalt Shingles vs. Asphalt Roll Roofing – Installation
When installing asphalt shingles, the typical procedure is to nail down the underlayment before nailing the shingles in place one at a time. With roll roofing, the typical process is to nail down the underlayment, nail a length of roll roofing in place, seal the bottom end with roofing cement and then apply roofing compound along the seams.
Whether you need roll roofing or asphalt shingles installed, Alpha Roofing Industries can help. We have the experience and knowledge to help you choose the best roof covering for your particular architecture and budget. Our services include the installation of asphalt shingles, metal roofing systems, skylights, gutters and siding. We also offer roof leak repair, moss removal and chimney repairs. We have exceptional references and an outstanding reputation. Alpha Roofing Industries is one of the top commercial roofing contractors in Austin and Central Texas. If you would like to get a free quote, submit the online form or call us at (512) 434-0518.
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