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Albany Roofers: Article About Pros and Cons Of Asphalt Shingles

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Homeowners who are ready to have their roofs replaced will find they have several different options when it comes to roofing materials. Popular materials used in the United States include metal, asphalt, wood, clay, concrete and slate. There are good and bad features to each material, and each homeowner will have to weigh several factors such as budget and how long they want their roof to last.

Albany roofers are well versed in the installation of asphalt shingles as they are by far the most frequently used shingle in America with about 80 percent of homes utilizing them. The asphalt shingle has been used for more than a century in America and has proven to be a good combination of value and longevity. Asphalt shingle roofs can be expected to last for about 20 to 30 years depending on the local weather and how well they are cared for. Asphalt shingles are most commonly used on roofs that are sloped, single-family homes and smaller residential type project.

Asphalt shingles are made in a variety of colors and different textures. There are even asphalt shingles that mimic the look of their higher end counterparts such as slate tiles or wood shakes. They are also easy to install, repair and replace. Most roofing contractors, depending on the size and condition of a roof, will only need a day or two to replace an asphalt shingle roof.

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

There are two types of asphalt shingles: organic and fiberglass. Organic shingles are constructed with paper and covered with a coating of asphalt, which makes them waterproof. Fiberglass shingles have better protection against fire, and they are also coated in order to make them waterproof. In addition, shingles come in two basic varieties: three-tab and laminate. Three-tab shingles are a less expensive option, but they will not last nearly as long and are better used for roofs that only need to last less than a decade or on rental properties.

However, asphalt shingles do have their downfalls. They are known to decay or become infested with mold, mildew, fungi or lichen when they are exposed to sudden changes in the weather. If there are issues with the ventilation in the attic of the home, it can decrease the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof. Periodic maintenance routines should also be performed on asphalt shingle roofs, making them less appealing to some homeowners.

Overall, asphalt shingles are an excellent roofing material for the majority of homes due to their reliability and cost-effectiveness.

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