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Asphalt roofing shingles are among the most popular choices for both residential and commercial properties due to their durability, affordability, and aesthetic appeal. Discover why Hemlock Roofing is the trusted name in asphalt roofing solutions in the Metrowest region.


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Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

  • Durability: Withstand harsh weather conditions and have a long lifespan with minimal maintenance.
  • Affordability: Cost-effective roofing solution without compromising quality.
  • Variety: Available in numerous colors, designs, and textures to complement any architectural style.
  • Energy Efficiency: Reflective asphalt shingles can reduce cooling costs during hot months.

Why Choose Hemlock Roofing?

Three-Tab Shingles

Traditional, cost-effective, and provide a clean-lined look.

Architectural Shingles

Multi-dimensional appearance with added durability.

Premium Shingles

Luxury shingles offering superior aesthetics and enhanced features.


How long does an asphalt roof last?

An asphalt roof, specifically referring to asphalt shingles, typically lasts between 20 to 30 years. However, the lifespan can vary based on several factors:

  • Quality of Materials: Higher quality, architectural, or laminated shingles tend to last longer than basic three-tab shingles.
  • Installation: Proper installation is crucial. A well-installed roof can maximize the lifespan of the shingles.
  • Ventilation: Good attic ventilation can extend the life of shingles by reducing the heat load during summers and preventing moisture buildup in the winter.
  • Maintenance: Regular inspections and timely repairs can help catch potential problems early and prolong the roof's life.
  • Local Climate: In areas with extreme temperatures, high winds, or frequent hail, asphalt shingles may have a shorter lifespan.
  • Shade/Sun Exposure: Roofs that are under constant shade might suffer from algae growth or retain moisture, while those constantly exposed to the sun might age faster.
  • Color of Shingles: Darker colored shingles tend to absorb more heat, which might reduce their lifespan slightly compared to lighter shingles.

It's important to note that while asphalt shingles have a general lifespan, each brand and product might come with its own manufacturer's warranty that can offer more specific guidelines. Regular maintenance and periodic inspections can also help homeowners get the maximum lifespan out of their asphalt roof.

What are the main advantages of choosing asphalt shingles over other roofing materials?

Asphalt shingles are among the most popular roofing materials for various reasons. Here are the main advantages of choosing asphalt shingles over other roofing materials:

  • Cost-Effective: Compared to other roofing materials like metal, slate, or tile, asphalt shingles tend to be more affordable both in terms of material cost and installation.
  • Versatility: Asphalt shingles are available in a vast array of colors, styles, and textures. This range ensures that homeowners can find the perfect match to complement their home's aesthetic.
  • Ease of Installation: Asphalt shingles are relatively easy and quick to install, which can mean lower labor costs and a faster project completion time.
  • Durability: While they may not last as long as some other materials, a well-maintained asphalt shingle roof can last between 20 to 30 years. Advances in technology have also introduced more durable and longer-lasting shingle options.
  • Weather Resistance: Many asphalt shingles are designed to withstand adverse weather conditions, including high winds, heavy rains, and even hail. Some are also rated for fire resistance.

Overall, asphalt shingles offer a combination of affordability, durability, and aesthetic appeal, making them a favored choice for many homeowners.

How energy-efficient are asphalt shingles, and can they help reduce my energy bills?

Asphalt shingles vary in their energy efficiency, but advancements in roofing technology have made it possible for them to play a role in reducing energy bills. Here's a breakdown of their energy efficiency and potential cost-saving benefits:

  • Reflective Granules: Some modern asphalt shingles are embedded with specially-designed reflective granules that bounce back a higher percentage of the sun's rays, rather than absorbing them. This can help keep homes cooler during hot months.
  • Cool Roof Technology: These are asphalt shingles designed explicitly with energy efficiency in mind. They reflect more ultraviolet (UV) rays and reduce the amount of heat transferred to the building's interior. A cooler attic space means your air conditioning system may not need to work as hard, leading to potential energy savings.
  • Potential Savings: While the exact savings can vary based on factors like location, climate, insulation, and HVAC systems, a more energy-efficient roof can lead to noticeable reductions in cooling costs, especially in sun-intensive regions.
  • Insulation Benefits: While the shingles themselves offer some level of insulation, the roof system's overall efficiency is enhanced by the underlayment, decking, and insulation used. When all components are optimized, the energy efficiency of the entire home can be significantly improved.
  • Long-Term Durability: Energy-efficient shingles, due to their reflective capabilities, may also have a longer lifespan. By reflecting damaging UV rays, these shingles can experience less wear and tear over time, which can indirectly save money by reducing the frequency of roof replacements.

While traditional asphalt shingles may not have been synonymous with energy efficiency, advancements in materials and design have made them a viable option for homeowners looking to cut down on energy costs. However, it's essential to consider the whole roofing system and other factors like proper ventilation and insulation to maximize energy savings.