Throughout the years, various myths about different roofing styles have popped up. Asphalt shingle roofs, of course, aren’t exempt from this since it’s one of the most popular roofing materials. Some of these myths can either turn a buyer off or make DIY roofing maintenance difficult and can even cause damage if these myths aren’t cleared up with the homeowner immediately.

In this post, siding contractors Timberline Roofing and Contracting discuss the various myths and misconceptions surrounding asphalt roofs.

Amount of Asphalt

Asphalt roofing isn’t completely made of asphalt. The industry has certain standards that prescribe a minimum weight of asphalt so the shingle granules will adhere for weather resistance and long-term performance. Only 20% of the product weight is actually made of asphalt while lighter weight shingles may contain less.

Made With Asbestos

This myth is partially correct; fire safety codes have dictated that exterior building materials must have a certain fire resistance level. Some shingles were made with fire-resistant materials that included asbestos fibers. However, these shingles were phased out by the 1960s and were replaced with safer fire-resistant materials. If you’re still unsure, hire replacement windows and roofing pros, Timberline Roofing and Contracting, to help ensure your roof doesn’t have asbestos.

Nail Gun Vs. Hand Nailing

There’s been a debate about which method is better when putting nails in your roof: nail guns or hand nailing. This is because when pneumatic equipment were still in use, it received a bad reputation due to the staples used, resulting in crooked installation. However, current equipment uses the same roofing nail geometry that hand nailing does. This means that as long as your roofer takes care to ensure he places the nails in the correct location, either method will suffice.

Dark-Colored Shingles Will Cause Higher Home Cooling Costs

While darker-colored shingles tend to become warmer during sunny days compared to lighter colored shingles, this doesn’t exactly mean you’ll get increased energy bills. Your home living space is actually protected by your attic and the insulation on its floor. A well-insulated and thoroughly vented attic will be able to reduce the heat transfer from your roof’s surface to your home’s living space.

Turn to Timberline Roofing and Contracting for your home improvement needs. We are your leading provider of storm restoration and roofing renovation services and can even help you with your roof insurance claim. Fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Minneapolis, MN, and other nearby areas.