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Asphalt shingles are the most popular roof covering in the United States. Stamford Roofing estimates that four out of five homes across the country use this type of shingle. Considering all of the options out there, including wood, metal, clay and even concrete, it may come as a surprise that there's such an overwhelming favorite but maybe not when you look more closely at asphalt.

Asphalt shingles are affordable. They are not as durable or long lasting as some of the other roofing materials such as metal or clay, but they have the lowest up-front cost. When installed properly by an honest roofing company, they can provide upwards of 15 years of adequate home protection.

Asphalt shingles come in all styles and all colors, giving the homeowner the most options when it comes to the look they want to achieve. Whatever the architectural style of a home, an asphalt shingle can be found to match that style. Asphalt shingles can be ordered in just about any shape a homeowner requires. They can even be ordered to come in three-dimensional styles for a higher price tag that imitate the look of slate or cedar shake roofing. Styles can vary so much that the whole look and feel of a home can be changed by just installing a different type of asphalt shingle.

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Asphalt shingles are lightweight. Slate and clay tile roofing require extra reinforcement of underlying roof structures because they can weigh up to 8 pounds per square foot. Metal can also be lightweight, but its relatively high cost can make it unattainable for most homeowners.

Asphalt shingle manufacturers often have their products tested by independent companies for wind and fire resistance. These companies provide a rating that guarantees the durability of the product. Wind and fire resistance ratings are printed on the outside of the shingle packaging and are available on company websites. One of the most appealing aspects of asphalt shingles is flame resistance.

Finally, ease of installation makes asphalt shingles the hands down winner for savvy homeowners.

Asphalt shingles are a good choice for many reasons, but they're not perfect. They're a petroleum based product and need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, so they're not very environmentally friendly. They also require more regular maintenance than some of the more durable options. Extreme heat can cause shingles to discolor and crack. A reliable roofing contractor can help homeowners choose the best roofing material for their homes.

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