Busting 3 Common Myths About Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Despite its status as one of North America’s most popular roofing materials, asphalt shingles still get a bad rep from homeowners. That’s because this particular roof option still has several myths about it, causing many to miss out on its great benefits. But no worries — we’ll provide you some much-needed peace of mind by debunking some of these popular misconceptions.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

1. “Asphalt shingles use asbestos as an ingredient.” This was actually partly true, once upon a time. But the use of asbestos in asphalt shingles was phased out in the late 1960s. So if you plan on getting an asphalt shingle roof for your home today, you no longer have to worry about it being a health or safety hazard. In fact, most asphalt shingle roofing brands nowadays, including GAF, have been utilizing safe and environmentally responsible practices for their manufacture.

2. “Asphalt shingles are incredibly expensive now.” Advances in roofing manufacture and technology have allowed for asphalt shingles that are of much higher quality than what had been available decades ago. Of course, the higher the quality of the roofing material, the costlier it is. But the same thing can be said about roofing options that are already considered premium, like slate and wood shakes. Asphalt shingles at their highest quality remain more reasonably priced than slate or wood shakes — all while effectively emulating the timeless and natural beauty that makes the latter options popular. You only need to check the GAF Timberline® and Designer asphalt shingles offered by The Great American Roofing Company to see the close resemblance.

3. “Asphalt shingles don’t last long.” On the contrary, asphalt shingle roofing has a long service life. If properly installed and maintained, it can provide up to 20 years of exceptional weather performance. Their newfound durability has something to do with this. Take the GAF shingle options we offer, for example. They’re designed to handle extreme weather conditions, including high winds and hailstorms, thanks to Advanced Protection® Technology.

Superior Roofing Services in Northeastern New Jersey

You’ll find the highest quality asphalt shingle roofing systems at The Great American Roofing Company. Let us help you keep a sturdier, lovelier, and more efficient home with our top-tier roof options from GAF. We proudly serve homeowners and commercial property managers in and around Upper Saddle River, NJ. Request a roof estimate by calling (201) 825-2955 or filling out this contact form.