Asphalt roof shingles systems are continuing to prove a popular choice with builders and home owners throughout Australia. The material has already established itself in the US market, with over 80 percent of homes using asphalt roofing materials. As we share a similar climate over here in Australia, people are beginning to sit up and take notice of the benefits that asphalt shingles provide to their homes.
Asphalt shingle roofing systems are designed to withstand the varying elements of the Australian climate. They are also a rust free alternative to many other roofing materials, and are available in a wide range of naturally sourced colours, complementing our diverse Australian environment.Asphalt shingles are considered to be an extremely durable material. This is backed up by its extreme resistance to fire – giving it a class ‘A’ fire rating, which will come as a huge comfort to home owners with family in mind.
The application of asphalt shingles roofing is simple to carry out, which creates a significant reduction in labour costs. Its overlapping design also provides a reliable waterproofing solution. The minimal water absorption makes the shingles safe against any frost, which often arises due to cold mornings. It is a lightweight material, which means any dead loads on your roof are reduced.
Another positive aspect of asphalt roofing is the low maintenance it provides. Any damages throughout the life of the product are easily repaired. The strips used to create the roof have mineral granules embedded into the material. A sure sign that these strips need replacing is when you find these granules have washed away. A handy tip when replacing shingles is to ensure you carry out the work on a warm day. The heat makes the strips more flexible, which reduces the risk of them cracking.
Asphalt shingles roofing continues is rapid growth as the most popular roofing material used on residential homes today. For more information on this particular roofing material, as well as other common materials, please visit our Advantages area, located in the Roofing Materials section of the website.