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Asphalt Shingles
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Asphalt shingles are the most well-liked shingle among U.S. residential roofing. This particular type of shingle is very simple to install and has the added perk of being reinforced with organic or fiberglass materials. It is also the most inexpensive product. Cost is determined by a variety of factors including the slope of the roof, geographical location, type of shingle, and the involvedness of the project.

Asphalt shingles have a high resistance to fire and a long durable life time. However, shingles in cooler climates tend to last longer than those in warmer climates and proper attic ventilation has been known to extend to its life time. Other factors contributing to the life expectancy include the slope of the roof (higher sloped roofs last longer), the color of the roof (lighter colors last longer), and exposure to the sun.

Common types of asphalt shingles include the basic three-tab shingle, dimensional shingles, the angle-lap shingle, and the no cut out shingle. There are also custom shingles made to intimate other materials such as slate and cedar. There are numerous colors and styles available to enhance the design of your home. In addition, asphalt shingles are available in 20-50 year warranties depending on their thickness. These warranties will protect against manufacturing defects, but do not offer a guaranteed protection against damages to the interior of the building.

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