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Asphalt Shingle Roofing Guide: Everything You Need to Know

roofline with asphalt shingles

The most common and most affordable option for roofing is asphalt shingle roofs. This reliable and cost-efficient option has been around for a long time. Over time, asphalt shingle roofs have had modifications, so your roof can withstand more of what nature throws your way. Installing an asphalt shingle roof will keep you and your family protected for years to come.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs

When choosing to replace or install a new roof, asphalt shingle roofs are the popular choice. These roofs have many benefits, but most of all, the materials are readily available so your roofing project can begin as soon as possible. With low maintenance and a variety of colors, it’s no wonder why so many homeowners choose to install asphalt shingle roofs.

What It’s Made Of

Each shingle is made up more than just asphalt. The shingles are designed for functionality and protection. An asphalt shingle is made up of the following:

  • Fiberglass mat: At the base of every shingle is a mat made up of lightweight fiberglass.
  • Asphalt: As the name states, asphalt is then poured over top the fiberglass and is responsible for protecting your roof from moisture, especially in rainy North Central Florida.
  • Mineral Granules: Mineral granules are then added on top of the asphalt. These granules give each shingle a desired look and color.


Asphalt roofs are the most popular choice and for good reason! These roofs:

  • Allow for endless customization with a variety of colors and styles to fit your tastes.
  • Are the most affordable option when choosing a new roof.
  • Provide flexibility when it comes to installation, maintenance, and repair.

Installation Process

two workers on roof

The installation process can be a tad invasive, but our team takes precautions to ensure that your home is safe during the installation and to minimize stress on you. Our team of roofing contractors will remove your old shingles and roofing materials, lay down protective underlayment, install new shingles, dispose of all debris, and perform post roofing inspections. Depending on the size of your roof, the process can take up to 4 days to complete.

Asphalt shingles feature a sealant strip on the shingles. When installation occurs, another shingle will be attached by the sealant strip on the edge, creating an overlap. The sun will then heat these strips, making them into the glue that bonds the adjacent shingle to each other.

Components of the Roof

Your roof contains many different components, making each project different than the last. When we install your roof, we are doing more than just installing shingles. We must also install ridge caps to each of the peaks in your roofing line. Your roof will also be covered in underlayment, that protects your home’s structure and interior from the outside heat, water, and wind.

North Central Florida Roofing

Roofing in Florida is extremely crucial, due to our extended sunshine and risk of storms. Shingles tend to have a shorter lifespan in Florida compared to other parts of the country because of our sunshine. Lighter colored shingles help to extend your roof’s life because they reflect sunlight, rather than absorb.

McFall Roofing understands that your roof will be put through a lot just by being in Florida. That is why we use shingles with 130 mph wind warranty and use stainless steel nails, making sure that your roof is prepared for all kinds of weather. We also use algae resistant shingles to preserve the brilliance and color of your new roof.

Asphalt Roof Maintenance

It’s important that you have routine maintenance done to your roof to ensure its health and extend its lifetime. We recommend that you have a roof inspection twice a year, especially after an intense tropical storm or hurricane. Damage is not always seen by the naked eye.

Another great way to prolong the life of your roof is to sign up for a regular roof maintenance plan. In this way, you can trust that your roof is protected all year long. With roof maintenance from McFall Roofing, our team removes all of the tree debris from the roof surface and gutters at least three times a year. We will also inspect your roof each time we remove debris.

When Should I Replace My Asphalt Shingle Roof?

An asphalt shingle roof’s average lifespan is 15-20 years. If your roof is approaching that 20-year mark, it’s time to start considering installing a new roof. You can also look at your roof to determine if it’s time for new. Look for the following things to know if it’s time to replace:

  • Curling shingles
  • Visible cracks on shingles
  • Leaks inside your home
  • Roof is dull or discolored

Roof Installation, Maintenance, and Repair with McFall Roofing

McFall Residential Roofing has over 20 years of experience in the roofing industry. We handle the installation of new roofs, maintenance of your roof, and repairs in times of need. Interested in replacing your roof with an asphalt shingle roof? Contact us today to get started!