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Should I use Asphalt Shingles or Wood Shingles?

Wood shakes and asphalt shingles each have their own unique benefits in terms of longevity, affordability, and aesthetics. Let's discuss some things to consider when choosing between the two.

Asphalt Shingles: Two Types

It's important when discussing asphalt shingles to distinguish between three tab shingles and architectural shingles. Three tab shingles are a more basic product and are typically paper-based. Architectural shingles--also called dimensional shingles--are laminated for durability and style. Because they are fiberglass-based, they tend to be less flammable than either three tab or wood shingles. And that can save you money on your homeowner insurance.

Asphalt vs Wood Shingles: Your Choice

When choosing between wood and asphalt shingles, you must keep both your goals and your budget in mind. Wood shingles are traditional, and, while today's architectural shingles can give asphalt a tremendous amount of style, those restoring historic homes may well prefer the look of wood. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are generally significantly less expensive than wood shingles. While architectural shingles usually cost more than three tab ones, you may pay less in repair and replacement costs over the life of the product.

Both wood and three tab shingles typically last about 20 years, though those living in extreme climates can expect to replace them sooner. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, can last between 30 and 50 years, depending on the manufacturer.

So long as you aren't living in a historic home--where original wood is preferred or imperative for retaining its value--many would recommend choosing an asphalt shingle, preferably an architectural one. They're durable, attractive, and can be an positive addition to many homes.

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If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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