The Creation of Asphalt Shingles
Different types of materials such as wood shingles, clay tiles, slate, and asphalt shingles are used to construct roofs. Asphalt shingle roofs are common in America as they’re affordable and durable compared to others. The video shows how these shingles are made.
The main raw material in a shingle is the fiberglass membrane. Fiberglass replaced paper and rags, which were too short-lived to be used as a good roofing material. Fiberglass is stronger, more flexible, and has a Class A fire rating. The fiberglass membrane gets coated on the topside with hot, liquid asphalt in a saturator. The asphalt contains mineral stabilizers that provide durability to the shingle. The bottom side is then thickly coated with asphalt to make it waterproof.
Granules are then applied to the surface of the shingle and give color to it. The granules also make the shingles more durable and protect them against natural elements such as rain, sun, and wind. The sheets are then cooled off and cut to make them into shingles.
Asphalt shingle roofs are simple to install and maintain with a lifespan of about 15 to 40 years. This material is a great solution to any of your roofing needs! Contact a roofing contractor near you to learn more about these roofs, or follow along with the video!