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Prior to deciding on a roofing material, it is important that homeowners know about their options. Not every roofing material will be right for every roof or every budget. Each roofing material has its own benefits and drawbacks. Homeowners should be sure to discuss their options and any questions they have with their Albany roofers.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most inexpensive roofing materials available on the market, which might be why they happen to be the most popular as well. It is estimated that around 80 percent of homes in the United States use asphalt shingles as their main roofing material. Asphalt shingles cost approximately $180 to $380 per square. In addition to affordability, asphalt shingles are durable and usually last around 20 to 30 years. Asphalt shingles can be treated against mold and mildew growth, making them even more appealing. In addition, asphalt shingles come in many colors and textures. Some can even be made to look like higher end roofing materials, such as wood shakes or slate tiles.

Asphalt shingles are also easy to install, usually only taking a day or two when installed by a professional roofing company. They can also be easily repaired and require little or no maintenance. With so many benefits, it is no wonder why so many homeowners are drawn to this roofing material.

The roofing contractors at Ideal Construction of Albany can assist you with any questions regarding doors or roofing.

Asphalt shingles are either organic or fiberglass. The organic type consists of paper with an asphalt covering, which makes them waterproof. Fiberglass shingles have better protection against fire and are also treated with a protective resin to increase their resistance to water. If a homeowner has strong concerns about fire, they should select a fiberglass shingle. This type is also more eco friendly, as it requires less asphalt to cover it.

Asphalt shingles are also either three tab or laminate. The three tab variety is much cheaper, however, their lifespan reflects it. These should only be used when absolutely necessary or perhaps on rental properties.

There are some downfalls with asphalt shingles as well. They can decay with sudden temperature changes and they should not be installed during cold weather conditions, if at all possible. If there are problems with the attic ventilation, it can decrease the lifespan of asphalt shingles. Humidity can cause asphalt shingles to crack. In addition, they are not as eco friendly as some other roofing materials are. Overall, asphalt shingles are a quality choice for homeowners who do not wish to break the bank.

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