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Roofing Shingles 101: All About Asphalt Shingles

February 2, 2017
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Shingles are one of the widely used, and thus, most manufactured material in the roofing industry.

Its popularity is primarily due to the affordability and flexibility of style and color choices.

While wood and slate shingles offer a rather unique look to buildings, asphalt shingles take the crown of being the most practical choice.

Let’s learn a bit more about asphalt shingles to see why these are favored by property owners.

Asphalt shingles – What’s in a name?

These shingles are so called because these are made primarily of asphalt.

Asphalt itself is a petroleum product which may be extracted from natural deposits or refined in industry. It is responsible for the strength and durability of asphalt shingles.

In addition to asphalt, there are other materials present in the overall composition too. This can either be organic materials or fiberglass. Most companies have stopped manufacturing organic shingles as fiberglass ones provide greater strength and affordability.

Reasons to choose asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are available in multiple styles, colors and sizes, making them the material of choice for several roofing projects. Here are a few other benefits:

  • Economical option for all roofs:Asphalt shingles are one of the most economical choices among all roofing options. While these are mostly used by homeowners, many commercial property owners also favor this material due to low project costs.
  • Durable and long-lasting:Even though these are more affordable than other roofing materials, asphalt shingle roofs often have a lifespan of 20 to 50 years. This durability attracts homeowners who look for cost-effective roofing options. Asphalt shingles are also resistant to several weather conditions, providing a roof that lasts longer.
  • Easy to install:Asphalt shingles do not require use of special equipment, multiple fasteners, or other such materials. Even for steep-sloped roofs that most residential buildings sport, the installation process is rather easy. This enables roofing contractors to get the job done quickly and impacts labor costs as well.
  • Eco-friendly:If you’re wondering about what happens after these shingles are removed, there’s no need to worry. These shingles are recycled into other materials, most importantly as asphalt pavements.

These are not dumped as waste which can become an environmental hazard.

Like what you read? Choose asphalt today for your new roof installation. Both residential and commercial properties can benefit from this. Our Queens roofing technicians will get the job done within no time. Call today at (646)-838-0441.

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