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Asphalt shingles are the number one roofing material used by Syracuse roofing professionals. This is because they are versatile, provide quality protection, are durable, and are relatively inexpensive. Annually, billions of square feet of asphalt shingles are made. Asphalt shingles allow customers to choose the color, texture and shape of their roofing material. They are flexible enough to be used on the vast majority of architectural designs, creating an effect that is pleasing to homeowners at an affordable price.

Asphalt shingles can be divided into two categories. There are organic shingles and fiberglass shingles. As the name implies, fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass base. Organic shingles, on the other hand, are made from cellulose fibers, which include things like recycled paper or recycled wood fibers. Organic shingles are saturated with asphalt and then covered with ceramic or stone granules. Fiberglass shingles are covered with asphalt and then topped with mineral granules.

Over the past few decades, roofing companies have shifted away from using organic shingles. One reason for this is that organic shingles are not eco-friendly. They require a substantial amount of asphalt and petroleum. While organic shingles will last longer than fiberglass shingles, they do not have the same fire-resistance. Fiberglass shingles have been rated Class A, whereas organic shingles are rated Class C.

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Even before a homeowner decides on their preferred type of shingle, they must first determine if their roof needs to be replaced. With asphalt shingles, any roof that is more than 20 years old is a candidate for replacement. A good way to determine if a new roof is needed is to examine the roof using binoculars and look for shingles that are missing, show signs of blistering, that have cracked, or that have curled. It is not necessary for homeowners to climb on the roof to do an inspection. In fact, climbing on the roof can be dangerous and even cause further damage to the shingles.

Another option is to examine the roof from the attic. To do this, homeowners can take a flashlight and examine the underside of the roof deck. They should check rafters for discoloration or any signs of leaking. Moisture accumulation in the insulation is another sign of a leaky roof. On a bright day, homeowners look for places where light penetrates through the attic. If problem areas are found, homeowners can speak to roofing professionals to determine what course of action should be taken.

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