Asphalt shingles are extremely popular roofing materials. Despite this, many misconceptions about them still abound. Ken Morton & Sons takes a look at four of the most common myths surrounding asphalt shingle roofs and the truth about each of them.
1. Granule loss happens after installation. The protective granules of asphalt shingles help protect against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. During manufacturing, these specks of crushed rock are pressed into the asphalt layer. Some of them, however, aren’t completely embedded on to the shingles, which means they could come loose during packaging, delivery and even installation. These extra granules will then be washed off when it rains and can be seen on the ground next to your downspouts. However, there’s no need to worry because this is completely normal.
2. Dark-colored shingles increase cooling costs. This is only half true. Although dark-colored shingles do absorb heat, it won’t be that much to warrant an increase in your cooling costs. As long as your roof and attic have enough insulation and ventilation, your dark-colored shingles can be as cool as their light-colored counterparts.
3. Asphalt shingles contain asbestos. This was once true. However, roofing material manufacturers phased this out in the 1960s because of the health risks. Nowadays, asphalt shingles are made with other fireproofing materials that are safer.
4. Asphalt shingle adhesive cures immediately. Curing is a process in which the adhesives used on your asphalt shingles take their final properties and strength. Some adhesives cure instantly, but in the case of asphalt shingles, their adhesives will take a few days to cure. That’s because they will need the sun’s heat to ensure the asphalt shingles remain intact.
Ken Morton & Sons LLC is the leading residential roofing company in and around Pitman, NJ. Trust our team to ensure your asphalt shingle roof is properly installed. Call us now at (856) 582-8800 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate.