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Do you live in a neighborhood where asphalt shingles are the standard roofing material? Asphalt shingles are, in fact, the most popular roofing material in the country. This can be attributed to the material’s many benefits, from its low cost to its good looks. Let’s examine the reasons asphalt shingle roofing likely covers your home:
Affordable. With prices starting below a dollar per square foot, it’s no wonder many people choose it for their new construction or re-roofing projects.
Industry accepted. Roofing contractors are very familiar with asphalt shingle roof installation and repair. Homeowners, in turn, have become accustomed to having it installed.
Ease of installation. Experienced roofing contractors can typically install an entire roof in one day.
Easy to repair. A slightly damaged roof can most often be repaired by replacing compromised, individual shingles.
Stylish. Color varieties are available to suit many individual tastes.
Durable. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 20 years. However, it is not uncommon to see longer warranties provided by some manufacturers. This roofing material is often engineered to be fire and hail-damage resistant.
To ensure the success of your next asphalt shingle roofing project, make sure you select a qualified and experienced roofing contractor. You can get the most of a roof when installed correctly; manufacturers may not honor their warranties unless your roof is professionally installed by Pendry Home Improvement.
The roofing material we all see the most of these days — the one that covers the roofs of a great majority of houses across America — is the standard three-tab asphalt shingle. One of the least-expensive roofing options, asphalt shingles are available in a dozen or so different colors both solid and blended. The shingle products being made today are usually guaranteed for 20, or in some cases 30 years, making them an excellent value. Value is the principal advantage of this roofing material, which explains it's commonality. The disadvantage, however, if there could be said to be one, is the fact that it is so common.
The next upgrade from a standard three-tab is a thicker variation called an architectural shingle. These shingles are built up to be about twice as thick as a normal shingle with the layers staggered to give them a heavier, more substantial or "architectural" look. In some colors they resemble slate, and in other colors wood shakes. We used architectural shingles on the Lexington ranch house. With only a modest upgrade in cost and up to a 30-year guarantee, architectural shingles also represent an excellent value with an added touch of style.