Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material, for a variety of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive, averaging around $3.201per square foot installed. Factors that affect the installation cost are slope of the roof, height of the building, ease of access to the premises, complexity of the project, the particular type of shingle. Asphalt shingles have achieved a class IV hail rating (the highest available), and can be easily repaired and maintained. For a Free Estimate, please send an email to Blackhawk Roofing, or call 217-741-6251.
Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material, for a variety of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive, averaging around $3.20 per square foot installed. Factors that affect the installation cost are slope of the roof, height of the building, ease of access to the premises, complexity of the project, the particular type of shingle. Asphalt shingles have achieved a class IV hail rating (the highest available), and can be easily repaired and maintained.
1In 2021 the price for asphalt shingles and plywood underlayment has skyrocketed, and we have been forced to adjust our prices.
Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: glass fiber and organic. Organic shingles consist of an organic felt material, which is generally paper saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. A top coating of adhesive asphalt is then applied and the ceramic granules are then embedded. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 sq. ft.) than their glass fiber counterpart, which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance.
Glass fiber shingles have a fiber glass reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The glass fiber mat is not waterproof by itself. It's purpose is for reinforcement. What makes the glass fiber shingle waterproof is the asphalt. However, the asphalt itself will not stick to the mat. For this reason, fillers are used. The fillers in the asphalt cling to the glass fibers in the mat. The asphalt then encapsulates the glass fibers, fills all of the little holes and voids in the mat rendering it waterproof. After this cools a bit, an adhesive asphalt is used to cover the mat and the ceramic granules are then embedded.
The ceramic granules are there for two reasons. The primary reason is to protect the shingles from the sun. The sun's UV rays are very damaging to asphalt and cause it to deteriorate prematurely. This is one of the same reasons that gravel is used on built-up roofs. The second and more obvious reason for the granules is aesthetics. Asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of colors to match almost any facade or landscape. So which type is better? By far, the more popular shingles are the glass fiber ones. They are cheaper and easier to manufacturer than organic shingles, making them more cost effective to the homeowner, or it may be that they are easier to work with, or they may simply be a personal preference of the roofing contractor.
Low slope and steep slope describe how much a roof slants, or the incline of a roof. In commercial low slope roofing applications, the roof has a slope of less than 3 inches per foot. Steep slope means that the roof has a slope of more than 3-inches per foot. Sloped roofs need to have some slope for proper water run-off or drainage. When it rains, water has to go somewhere, and all sloped roofs require proper drainage. In commercial low slope roofing, water is directed to drains or downspouts, using small areas called crickets and saddles.
Blackhawk Roofing specializes in single-ply EPDM roofing systems. We can add slope to existing flat roofs, and we offer energy-efficient insulation systems. We have trained technicians for the installation and repair of all types of roofing systems. We can install single-ply roofs anywhere, anytime, and anyplace. We provide a Roofing System Warranty that covers labor and materials, for up to twenty years or longer (depending on the materials selected).