Owens Corning Asphalt Shingles FAQ’s

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How Are Asphalt Shingles Made?

In the United States, asphalt shingles are categorized as either organic-based or fiberglass-based. Organic-based asphalt shingles are manufactured with a base (also termed mat or substrate) made of various cellulose fibers, such as recycled waste paper and wood fibers. This organic base is then saturated with a specially formulated asphalt coating and surfaced with weather resistant mineral granules. Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are manufactured with mat composed entirely of glass fibers of varying lengths and orientations. This fiberglass base is then surfaced with a specially-formulated asphalt coating, followed by weather-resistant mineral granules.

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How Do I Determine If My Roof Needs Replacing?

Typically due to the long-term effects of weathering, most homes in and around Franklin will need roof repair or replacing. If a residential roof is more than 20 years old, it is a prime candidate. To determine if you need a new roof:

  • On the ground, walk around your home with binoculars and inspect your roof for cracked, curled or missing shingles, as well as any excessive loss of the protective mineral granules. DO NOT CLIMB ON THE ROOF; walking on the roof is dangerous and can damage your roof.
  • In your attic, take a flashlight and look at the underside of the roof deck and rafters for any stains or wet spots indicating water leaks.

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Will My Old Roof Have To Be Completely Torn Off?

Asphalt shingles can often be applied directly over existing roofing in Franklin, MA without the necessity of tearing off the old roof. However, new shingles cannot be properly applied over hard or brittle materials, uneven surfaces for nailing or roof decks with warped, rotted or unsound support that should first be replaced or repaired.

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Why Asphalt?

For roofing in Franklin, MA and surrounding areas, asphalt shingles are the perfect choice. Asphalt shingles are the leading choice for residential roofing in the United States because they provide quality, durability, versatility and economy. Over 12.5 billion square feet of asphalt shingle products are manufactured annually – enough to cover more than 5 million homes every year. 80% of homes are roofed with asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles offer the widest array of colors, shapes, and textures available. With an enormous range of styles, asphalt shingles can match nearly every type of architectural design, and achieve virtually any desired effect – and, affordably.

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Can You List Some Of The Benefits Of Choosing Asphalt Shingles?

No problem:

  • Product Performance. Asphalt shingles perform well in extreme temperatures and in areas where wind, water, and ice are prevalent. Perfect for the beating that roofing in Mansfield, Walpole, etc. can take from the Massachusetts elements.
  • Low Maintenance. Asphalt shingles, when properly chosen and applied, require little or no regular upkeep, and are easily repaired if damaged.
  • Ease of Application. Asphalt shingles are considered to be the easiest of all standard roofing materials to apply. And, the flexibility and strength of asphalt shingles supports their application on a wide variety of roofing in Medway, Franklin, Mansfield, and Walpole.
  • Affordability. The efficient, high-volume production and relatively low application cost of asphalt shingles provide consumers with an overall value that’s tough for other roofing materials to match, especially in terms of comparable life expectancy.
  • Fire and Wind Resistance. Asphalt shingles are manufactured to resist external fire and flammability standards, and carry Class A, B or C fire ratings, with Class A providing the greatest fire resistance. These fire ratings are defined by nationally recognized standards and tested by independent testing agencies. In addition, many asphalt shingles carrying a “wind resistance” label indicate that they have been manufactured and tested to demonstrate acceptable resistance in high-wind locations.”

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Are There Different Types Of Asphalt Shingles?

Yes. Here they are:

  • Strip Shingles — these shingles are approximately three times as long as they are wide. Manufactured in both standard and metric dimensions, strip shingles are distinguished by the number of cutouts or tabs that they have. The most common type of strip shingle is the “three-tab” shingle. Different textural and lighting/shadowing effects can be achieved with strip shingles depending on the number, shape and alignment of the cutouts.
  • Laminated Shingles — these special shingles contain more than one layer of tabs to create extra thickness. They are also referred to as three-dimensional or architectural shingles because they create visual depth on a roof and impart a custom look. Laminated shingles continue to be a favorite among builders, homebuyers, and roofing contractors in Franklin MA, Medway MA, and surrounding areas.
  • Interlocking Shingles — as the name suggests, interlocking asphalt shingles are individual shingles that mechanically fasten to each other, and are used to provide greater wind resistance. They come in various shapes and sizes providing a wide range of design possibilities.
  • Large Format Shingles — generally rectangular or hexagonal in shape, these shingles do not utilize cutouts or tabs.

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