Arizona’s warm climate almost at all time of the year and beautiful winter challenge roofs of all kinds to withstand the changes in its weather. With this, Arizona homeowners are particular of the roof’s cost and durability. Once they have found this type of roof that caters to its budget and durability requirements, only then will they decide on the design and aesthetics of the roof.
Shingles are among the most popular and durable type of roofing in the Arizona state. Here are the types of shingles that are meant for steep-slope structures. Read them and review before you can decide which type suits your needs and preferences.
- Asphalt Shingles are the most popular type of roofing in Arizona as well as in most of the other states in America. There are two main types of asphalt shingles, the organic and the fiberglass shingles.
As the name itself says, organic shingles are environmental friendly being made up of wood in which its base is covered with asphalt then it ends up being colored with mineral granules. The fiberglass shingles have various layers made up of fiberglass-mat. It has some asphalt layers both on top and bottom, and it also has mineral granules.
- The shingle fire resistant classes are the shingles that have similar characteristics. Since there are a few types of shingles, none of them are exactly the same. Each type of shingle is grouped according to its resistance to fire. Class A shingles are the best fire resistors while Class B and Class C shingles are not as good as Class A shingles. While asphalt shingles belong to Class A category, organic shingles are almost always found in the Class C.
Sometimes, it is not only the roofing material’s durability that appeals to homeowners. At times, it can be its architectural potential such as textured appearance and if this is the case, your best bet would be the organic and fiberglass shingles. Another advantage if these types of shingles is that it is suited to warm climate as they deter the growth of algae on roofs especially if copper or ceramic granules have been added to them. These two shingles are also popular for its various colors to choose from.
To choose the best quality roofing material, always check if it complies with requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). This organization vouches the worthiness of the shingles that you choose. You can find a product’s ASTM approval in its literature, or on its package. Although shingles are known for its durability and long lifespan, not all of them follow the guidelines that are expected of roofing materials.