If you’re thinking about a new roof, chances are you’re considering asphalt shingles. Introduced in 1903 by Henry Reynolds of Grand Rapids, Michigan, asphalt shingles would begin to take over American roofs by 1911 and become the unquestioned roof of choice by the 1940’s. Since then their popularity has only grown year after year, along with improvements in science and technology.
While other materials such as metal, slate, and tile may offer better durability and longevity, the fact is, even in 2023, asphalt shingles remain the top choice of roofing materials for homeowners in the US for good reason!
Among the least expensive roofing materials, asphalt shingles are a popular choice not only among homeowners but manufacturers as well. As such, there have been many improvements to asphalt shingles over the years to the point where some can now even compete against their more expensive brethren!
Like Computers, Asphalt Shingle Technology Has Also Advanced Greatly
When you think of the term “technology” you probably think of computers, cell phones, and other electronics but technology actually refers to the application of scientific knowledge to anything for practical purposes, especially industry, and the technological improvements in the roofing industry is nothing short of astonishing.
Back in the day, homeowners didn’t have many choices when it came to choosing asphalt shingles. It was mostly organic 3-tab shingles and your color choices were limited to mostly shades of gray or black, They didn’t last as long and they also didn’t include many of the things we take for granted today.
Now we have materials like fiberglass shingles that are slowly replacing these old organic shingles. With more and more improvements introduced every year. especially with Architectural and Premium shingles, these new technologies will likely surpass the older organic shingles roofs sooner rather than later!
Manufacturing advancements have made asphalt shingles one of the most diverse product lines around.
Even most of the “basic” 3-tab shingles available today include once-premium options like algae-resistant granules and special UV stabilizers. While Architectural and Premium shingles provide even more wind resistance and quality ingredients than ever before.
Manufacturing methods have not only improved longevity and quality but also design, shape and color. You can now choose between any number of shingles with different colors, shapes to match your homes design and even special designs that don’t even look like shingles. No longer are you stuck with one shape and look.
They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To & That’s A Good Thing
We didn’t have the choices we do now when Atlanta Roofing Specialists incorporated in 1993, but thanks to technology and good old fashioned hard work, today’s asphalt shingle roofs are not only a fantastic choice that can last for decades with proper maintenance, they remain, 120 years after their introduction, one of America’s favorite roofing materials!
Atlanta Roofing Specialists is a residential and commercial roof contractor in Marietta, GA. Serving the Metro Atlanta Residential and Commercial communities since 1993. Call us at 770-419-2222 today!