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Asphalt Shingle Roofing 

Roofing companies on Maui install a lot asphalt shingle roofs and as you may have noticed, asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of roofs in Hawaii.


An asphalt shingle is simply a type of roofing shingle that uses bitumen asphalt for its waterproofing properties.  They are one of the most popular types of Maui roofs because installation is easy, there are a large variety colors and patterns, and quality/cost of materials range from very low to very high.

​PROS of Asphalt Shingle Roofs:
  • Quick & Easy to install

  • Wide range of colors and patterns

  • Good protection against the elements

  • Options for all budgets, especially low budget options

CONS of Asphalt Shingle Roofs:
  • Vulnerable to wind damage

  • Vulnerable to organic growth

  • Low quality materials degrade fast

  • UV light degrades asphalt over time

  • Adequate attic ventilation sometimes required

AL Roofing proudly uses materials from the following asphalt shingle manufacturers: Certainteed & Malarkey

Asphalt shingles are available in two traditional types:  dimensional shingles and 3-tab shingles.  3-tab shingles are more economical, use less material, are thinner, and do not last as long as the dimensional shingles.  Dimensional shingles are better quality, thicker, stronger, last longer, offer a large variety of architectural patterns and colors, and are more expensive than 3-tab shingles.  3-tab shingles usually last about 15 years and dimensional shingles usually last about 30 years.  

​If an asphalt shingle is covered by a manufacturer's warranty and fails while under warranty, manufacturer's will handle the warranty claim on a prorated basis.  Asphalt shingles have been engineered to provide a variety of qualities to defend your home against strong winds, rain, fires, and UV damage from the sun.  Shingles will last longer in environments where the weather is consistent and temperatures are stable, as thermal shock continuously wears out the asphalt with repeated thermal expansions and contractions.  Moss, algae, mildew, grass, weeds, and anything else growing on the asphalt shingles will eventually contribute to deterioration of the asphalt.  High quality asphalt shingles have copper elements to help inhibit the growth of foreign materials.  Your roof should be inspected and cleaned often enough to not allow visible amounts of organic growth.

​Maui roofing projects using asphalt shingles on a new roof installation should always use the highest quality roofing materials your budget can afford. Roofing costs are twofold, labor and materials.  You are always going to benefit from roofing services that installs high quality roofing materials once rather than hiring a roofing company to come back and perform roofing repairs and repairs to any damages inside of your home.

A new roof replacement or new roof installation is strictly an investment to protect your structure.  Unfortunately a roof is one of those things that is critically important to the health of your structure, is a significant cost, and gets absolutely no admiration or credit.  Compare your new roof to your new deck and see which one gets more compliments.

Like some homeowners, maybe you currently have an existing asphalt shingle roof that needs a re-roof and you're thinking of upgrading the materials used on your next project, to more durable, longer lasting materials such as monier tile roofing, aluminum metal roofing, or silicone roof coating. We encourage homeowners to see this as an investment, and to use the highest quality materials possible, rather than lesser quality materials that require ongoing maintenance and inevitable replacements within 1-2 decades. 

Many homeowners in Maui decide to upgrade from their asphalt shingle roofs to another material, because traditional asphalt shingle roofs tend to absorb a lot of the suns energy which can keep the building's indoor temperature uncomfortable warm.  Cool roofs on the other hand, reflect up to 90% of the suns energy, cutting electricity costs and keeping the building cool.  Tile and Metal roofing in Hawaii are some of the longest lasting, most durable options for sloped roofs. Metal roofing can handle wind storms much better than shingle roofs. Aluminum standing seam roofs are also ideal for those who would like to use solar energy, and are concerned about a leaking roof after getting solar panels installed. ​​