Asphalt Roofing: The Basics You Need to Know

Asphalt roofing is the most popular roof replacement solution in the U.S., accounting for approximately $12 billion of the roofing industry. Here, Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.​ discusses the basics about asphalt roofing that every homeowner should know.

Asphalt Roofing: The Basics You Need To Know


There are three grades of asphalt roofing. First is saturant-grade asphalt, a non-oxidized or oxidized asphalt that helps manufacture saturated felt piles for BUR systems and roll roofing. After that comes coating-grade asphalt, which is an oxidized asphalt that’s used to manufacture asphalt shingles, polymer-modified bitumen roofing and underlayment felts. Finally, there’s mopping-grade asphalt, an oxidized asphalt that is melted and used in constructing BURs and modified bitumen systems.


The underlayment is an important component in any asphalt roofing system. Whether it’s made of fiberglass or polyester, the underlayment can be coated in asphalt, stabilized asphalt coating, polymer modified asphalt, non-asphaltic polymeric coating or a combination of all four materials. Whatever type of underlayment you choose, make sure it’s installed by an experienced roofing company to protect your roof from moisture damage.


There are many advantages to asphalt roofs, with affordability perhaps the biggest selling point. In addition, asphalt provides excellent fire, wind, and weather resistance, making it a durable option that will offer sound protection. It’s also easy to install, low maintenance and offers a versatile aesthetic that will work with many architectural styles.

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When it comes to asphalt roofing, you’ll have no shortage of options when you turn to Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.​ Our roofers are certified and experienced enough to offer you two of the best roofing brands in the industry: GAF and CertainTeed®.

Looking for an experienced roofer you can trust? Turn to the professionals at Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.​ We are a leading provider of commercial and residential roofing services. Give us a call at (781) 826-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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