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Greenwich Roofing: Article About Why Choose Asphalt Shingles

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When the time comes for a new roof, most homeowners choose asphalt shingles. Of course, there are many options, but asphalt shingles are often the roofing material of choice. One reason asphalt shingles are so popular is that they are available in numerous design and color styles, making it easy to find something that compliments the architectural style of the house.

Another reason these shingles have remained popular over the years is that they are one of the most affordable roofing systems available. While the beauty of a copper roof certainly has its place, even copper is not going to offer the right look for every homeowner. Additionally, copper roofs are extremely expensive and not every Greenwich roofing contractor will have the expertise needed to install this material.

While asphalt shingles have definitely become the roofing material most homeowners choose, they do have a few drawbacks that homeowners should take into consideration. For example, asphalt shingles have a shorter life expectancy than many other roofing options, such as metal or tile; however, this shorter life span is often offset by the lower price this choice has to offer.

The roofing experts at Sound Renovation of Greenwich CT can assist you with any questions regarding cedar roofing or metal roofing.

A metal roof might last upwards of 50 years or more, but it will be at least 2 or 3 times the cost of an asphalt roof. This can definitely be advantageous for homeowners who plan to stay in their home for the next several decades, but with today's mobile society, that's not generally a realistic option. So, investing in a high priced metal roof can certainly have its benefits, such as the potential for a higher resale value, but most homeowners choose affordability over longevity. Of course, even an asphalt roof will typically last 20 to 25 years, so it will likely outlast the time the average person lives in their home.

Today, asphalt roofing shingles are stronger than ever. The fiberglass shingles are made with strands of fiberglass randomly woven into the base mat. This base mat is then covered with a waterproof coating of asphalt and ceramic granules are embedded into the top surface. These granules offer protection from UV rays, giving the fiberglass shingles a longer lifespan. Fiberglass shingles are not only lighter, but they are also more durable and less likely to rip, tear or warp.

Another great advantage with asphalt shingles is that they are available in many colors and styles. It is even possible to get shingles that look like ceramic tile, wood shakes or slate.

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