Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material in the United States. It has been used on homes for more than 100 years, making it a veteran in the industry. Not only does it have a deeply rooted history in our country, but it has remained one of the most affordable materials out there.

These few qualities of asphalt shingles and many others have made it a prevalent choice for homeowners. Of course, we know there are a lot of questions surrounding shingles. That is why we have listed the most frequently asked questions and answered them for you. These answered questions would help you make a better decision on your roof improvement project, and you may just learn something along the way.

How long do asphalt shingles last?

On average, asphalt shingles last between 15 to 20 years. Some premium options may last up to 30 but no longer. The key to extending your shingle roof’s life to the fullest is care. You must perform regular roof maintenance in order to keep them lasting and looking great!

Can you paint asphalt shingles?

Yes! You may paint your asphalt shingles if they are not already the color you would like. Our recommendation is you install the color of asphalt shingles you want. This roofing option is extremely versatile in terms of color and texture. Maintaining painted shingles is difficult and requires a lot more work.

If you would like to continue painting your shingles, you can use exterior acrylic paint options. Preparing the shingles doesn’t take a lot of time, and the cost of doing it is relatively low compared to other cosmetic changes.

Green asphalt shingles

What are asphalt shingles made of?

Asphalt shingles are made of multiple layers of inorganic or organic materials. The base is a mat made of cellulose (organic) or fiberglass (inorganic). The mat is then saturated with asphalt, and ceramic-coated roofing granules are coated over the asphalt layer.

How do you clean asphalt shingles?

The best method to clean your asphalt shingle roof is to use a sprayer at the end of the water hose with a bleach and water solution. Avoid using a pressure washer since it will damage your shingles, and be mindful of where you point the sprayer. The bleach solution would easily kill any plants in your landscaping. In addition, avoid doing this on a hot day since it will evaporate too fast to be effective.

Above all, we recommend you have a professional clean your roof. This will help you remain safe and ensure the job is completed correctly.

Asphalt Shingle Roof with moss

When were asphalt shingles first used?

Before asphalt shingles were invented, businesses would use large pieces of asphalt roofing in the 1800s. They were applied as rolls and lacked granules. In the late 1800s, a new iteration of the asphalt roofing included granules for greater protection against the sun and elements.

The modern advancement of those asphalt rolls was implemented in the early 1910s by a roofer named Henry Reynolds. Reynolds started cutting the rolls into shingles, so they were easier to install on his own. His method would not become popular with manufacturers until 1915, a few years after wooden shingles were condemned as fire hazards.

Install an Asphalt Shingle Roof

Quality Roofing Specialists work directly with leading manufacturers like Owens Corning to deliver high-quality asphalt shingle products. We can install your asphalt shingle roof using our team of experienced roofing contractors. Receive a free estimate from our team today by calling (310) 340-1643 or filling out our contact page form. You can learn more about our services by visiting our roof replacement page. There, you can learn about our roofing process and the products we work with.