Asphalt shingles are a composite roofing material that has become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. The shingles come with low prices for both material and installation due to the ease of the install. Asphalt also comes in a variety of colors and textures to replicate the look of other roofing materials in a durable, low-cost alternative.
Choosing the best roofing material for your home often comes down to the shape of the roof. While asphalt shingles are one of the more versatile roofing materials around, there are a few roof shapes in particular that work well with this material. Discuss your options in further detail with your roofing contractors.
Gable roofs have two steep sides that connect at a sharp peak, which creates one of the most common and recognizable roof shapes around. The key factors of the gable are those steep slopes and the small amount of support bracing included, which helps the gable maintain its open shape and provides you with ample indoor space.
The small amount of bracing doesn’t factor in with asphalt shingles because this is one of the lightest materials around. But the steep slopes can potentially cause a problem if your house receives a lot of direct wind, which can speed up when hitting the roof at that angle and cause the shingles to loosen or rip off the roof entirely.
A gambrel roof is the shape most often seen on the top of a barn. The gambrel features two parallel sides, like the gable, but each side has two distinct sections. The lower section has an extremely steep slope that can look nearly vertical while the upper section has a lower pitch to the point it can look almost flat.
The gambrel has the same lack of bracing found in the gable, which again makes lightweight asphalt shingles one of the best roofing material picks for the job. These composite shingles can also help facilitate water runoff from the flatter upper roof, which can sometimes have problems with both runoff and waterproofing.
A hipped roof has four sides with equal lengths and moderate slopes that meet at the peak. This roof style has more bracing than a gable or gambrel and also tends to have more surface area that needs to be covered with a roofing material.
Asphalt shingles can help keep the project costs down for a hipped roof. While the shape doesn’t need a lightweight roofing material, the hipped roof’s moderate slopes work well for asphalt shingles even if your roof does take on high winds.