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Asphalt Roof Shingles - Why They Are Popular

Ever wonder why so many homeowners opt for asphalt roof shingles over other materials? Here's why:

Asphalt roof shingles are economical, versatile, and easy to install, maintain, and repair.

  • Their cost is reasonable. They start at about 80 cents a square foot installed, and various ranges of quality and prices are available.
  • They accommodate roof pitches between vertical and 2/2--ones that rise two inches for every two inches they run.
  • They work well with several different types of flashing and edging.
  • A homeowner can install them, as they are a snap to cut, fit, and secure in place. You do not need accessories for roof edges, wall terminations, or chimney and vent flashings.

Types of Asphalt Roof Shingles

The two types of asphalt roof shingles are fiberglass and organic. Whereas both are made out of asphalt the difference lies in the reinforcing mat; one features a fiberglass reinforcing mat and the the other--the organic shingle--has a cellulose-fiber reinforcing mat. Fiberglass shingles tend to be more cost effective, thinner, lighter, and easily transportable, and boast a better fire rating than the organic variety. They also are more durable and flexible in cold weather.

Asphalt Roof Shingles - Looking Good

Asphalt roof shingles come in numerous colors and appearances. Shades include brown, charcoal, tan, desert sand, and dove gray. Now, along with the standard three-tab kind (those containing one flat layer), various architectural shingles are available that imitate the appearance of wood, slate, and ceramic tile. They contain multiple layers resulting in a three-dimensional look and a 50 percent heavier shingle. Their pattern hides their actual shape.

When you investigate the different roofing shingles on the market and take into consideration all the advantages, you will see why homeowners and contractors frequently opt for asphalt.

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Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing

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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