Why Choose Asphalt Shingles for your East Tennessee home?

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Asphalt shingles are the number one choice for roofing in East Tennessee for a good reason. They offer versatility, weather resistance, and much more. If it’s time to replace your roof then it’s time to start looking at all types of roofing options that we here at HEP, INC. can offer. In the long run, it’s always going to be worthwhile to consider the benefits of asphalt shingles for your home. After all your roofing system is the most important part of your home. For your home, if your roof isn’t working the way that it should then everything beneath it is at high risk. Here’s why you should choose asphalt shingles over other materials for your new roof.

Next, we are going to share with you the top 16 reasons for choosing Asphalt Shingles for your East Tennessee Home.


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Design Variety

Asphalt shingles are available in a range of rich architectural styles. 3-tab shingles are traditional and work with many home styles. Dimensional and premium shingles are also available in multiple styles. In fact, some mimic the look of other roofing materials, like slate and cedar shakes. This way, you can get the design advantages of these materials without their drawbacks.


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Color Options

Asphalt shingles are available in a huge range of colors. If you need to preserve your home’s curb appeal or improve it before a sale, you need to be able to pick the right shade of roofing material that can work with the rest of your home. The wide selection of asphalt shingle colors available makes that possible. Other roofing materials just don’t offer as many colors.

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Cost-Effective Quality

Perhaps the top advantage of asphalt shingles over other roofing materials is that they still offer high performance for a lower cost. Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective roofing materials upfront, and they still last long enough to provide the most value over the long term. Those who need more weather, fire, or wind resistance can find those features in performance shingles, without incurring too much extra cost.

In the long run, metal roofing, slate roofing, shake roofing and other roofing options just don’t offer the same value as the cost of asphalt roofing.

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Asphalt shingles can cover many different angles, shapes, and forms. That means that they work with almost any type of roof, from cross-hipped to Dutch gable. No matter how large or complicated your roof is, you can trust that asphalt shingles will cover it all seamlessly. There are slope requirements, as there is a minimum slope for asphalt roofing. However, almost all homes in North America are suitable for asphalt shingles.

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Energy Efficiency

You may not have guessed that energy efficiency would be a benefit of asphalt roofing, but it is. When you purchase an asphalt roof, your roofer installs a whole system, including underlayment, that can make your home more energy-efficient.

You can purchase specially designed asphalt shingles in light, medium and dark tones that reflect a higher amount of the sun’s infrared radiation, thereby reducing the temperature of the roof surface. In large metropolitan areas, if the majority of roofs are shingled with these ‘cool’ shingles, the temperature in the city can run a degree or two lower on hot sunny days. This in turn may allow residents to use less energy to cool their homes.

RoofGard-Cool Gray is an example of a synthetic underlayment that is a lighter colored relative to traditional black asphalt-saturated felts and as such offers roofing contractors a cooler surface upon which to work when installing the shingles.


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Depending on where you live, your home may have to endure severe weather and hailstorms. Specially modified asphalt shingles are available to resist the impact of these storms on your roof. Look for impact-rated shingles.

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Withstand High Winds

High winds can be a problem almost everywhere in North America. You want your roof to stay put. If the wind lifts them up, water can sneak in underneath potentially causing a leaky roof. Innovations in asphalt shingle manufacturing mean it’s a better product today than it was years ago.

Many shingle manufacturers have engineered all their shingles to meet the most stringent wind resistance tests in the industry. All meet the requirements for ASTM D7158 Class H and ASTM D3161 Class F wind ratings. That’s a lot of information just to say they have the ability to withstand 110-130 mph winds when they are installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Some of the top manufacturers offer high-wind limited warranties on even higher wind speed shingles. Have HEP INC. check your manufacturer’s guidelines and warranties if you believe that high winds are a large concern where you live in East Tennessee.

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Class A Fire Rating

Some asphalt shingles feature the highest fire rating, Class A. When installed as part of a complete roof system, they offer superior protection against penetration and spread of fire in the case of external fire hazards.

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Sound Protection

One underestimated advantage of a shingle roof is its ability to insulate sound. The composition of asphalt roofing shingles in a complete roofing system offers sound protection from external noise. Asphalt shingles can be significantly quieter than metal roofs, depending on the design, and much quieter with large downpours and hail.


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Algae is a growing problem in the roofing industry. Many roofs, especially those based on wood, allow algae growth, which looks like a black stain across some, or all of your roof. If this is a concern, look for shingles that have built-in algae resistance. These shingles inhibit blue-green algae growth, protecting the color and appearance of your roof.

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Ease of Installation

Asphalt shingles are simple to install, which helps keep their installed cost low. Of course, some roofing professionals may do a better installation job than others. That being said, it will typically be easier to find a roofer who can install your asphalt shingles than one who can deal with tile roofing or slate roofing. That’s why HEP INC. is here to help you from the start to the end of your roofing project. You can always trust that we will make sure your home is safe and protected.

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The Right Weight

Shingles are not so heavy that you have to worry about whether or not your roof can hold them. Other types of roofing materials, such as metal, may require making structural changes to your home in order to support its weight.

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Ease of Repair

Just as every roofer can install roofing shingles, every roofer can repair roofing shingles. Often when you choose a unique material, from metal roofing to tile, you’ll struggle to find a roofing professional who can do the repairs. You may even need to work with the same company that installed your roof to get repairs for a proprietary metal roof. The benefit of asphalt roofs is that you can choose a new roofer for repairs anytime. You also have the ability to always call HEP INC. even if you did not get your roof from us. Then we can help you install a new roofing system for your home or office.

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Integration with Other Roof Features

Are you thinking of installing a traditional chimney in your home? Or maybe a skylight in your home or office? Asphalt shingles are flexible. It’s easy to add new features to one part of a shingle roof without disturbing the rest. The same may not be said of other roof types. This is why picking shingles for your roofing needs might be the best bet for your home or future home renovations when adding a skylight or chimney.

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In the past shingles went straight to the landfill, But now that is not the case. Shingle waste can now be recycled all across the world. After your roofer removes your old shingles, they can send the debris to be repurposed into other products, including recycled asphalt used to make and repair roads. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, recycled roofing shingles may actually improve the quality of a road. Old shingles may also be used to generate power.

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Reputation for Quality

Asphalt shingles are the time-tested choice homeowners in East Tennessee have been relying on for a long time. That comes with a lot of advantages. Your local building code already addresses shingle roofs. Homebuyers know what to expect from a shingle roof. Also, shingle manufacturers have had years and lots of customers refine their products and offer the features that homeowners find value in today’s market.

Ready to Choose Your Shingles?

The advantages of a shingle roof are clear. Still, you want to choose the best asphalt shingles for your roof from your many options. To help you sift through different shingles, contact HEP INC. roofing professional. We will help you choose the right shingle for your budget, home color, and weather conditions.

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