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3 Reasons to Consider Asphalt Roof Shingles

Just about everyone wants a stylish and up-to-date home, and, if the time has come to install an new roof on your home, you may be thinking about aluminum shingles, cedar shakes, or even stretching your budget for slate. But, don't be so quick to dismiss asphalt roof shingles. They've come a long way since the 3 tab asphalt shingles your grandparents used.

Top 3 Benefits of Asphalt Roof Shingles

Technology changes constantly. Every year, new computers and digital cameras hit the market with better features than last year's models. Asphalt roof shingles are no different. Manufacturers listen to what homeowners and builders want in a shingle, and they strive to provide it. The newest asphalt roof shingle lines offer more choices and better features than ever before, and they deserve serious consideration when you're choosing your new roof.

Here's why:

  1. Energy Star Rated: Roof shingle manufacturers understand homeowners want to cut down on energy use and costs. Some asphalt roof shingles are Energy Star rated and can qualify for a tax credit. These shingles reflect sunlight away from your home, and, depending on where you live, asphalt shingles can cut your energy usage 7-15 percent.
  2. Impact Resistant: If you live in an area subject to violent storms, you may like some types of asphalt roof shingles. These shingles can give you extra protection and may qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance.
  3. Increased Warranties: Asphalt roof shingles used to be available with 20 or 25 year warranties. Now, 30, 40, and even 50 year warranties are available. Imagine have a shingle that only needs replacing every 50 years.

In addition to these three reasons to consider asphalt shingles, here's one more: the countless styles now available can make your home look like it should be featured in an architectural trends magazine.

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Metal roofs have become a popular alternative to traditional roofing materials. This is due to the fact that metal is lightweight, maintenance-free, fireproof, energy efficient, durable, and can be manufactured to give virtually any look conceivable. Furthermore, metal roofs have a life expectancy of over 30 years and houses with metal roofs may receive a discount on the homeowner's (fire) insurance.

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