You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Lately, the roofing industry is abuzz with talk about new and interesting roof materials: synthetic shakes, polymer tiles, rolled asphalt — the list goes on. With as popular as these roofing materials have become, it would be easy to assume that asphalt shingles are on their way out. But that's not the case at all! Asphalt shingles are no longer the only good roofing choice, but they are still a very good roofing choice. Here are some ways in which asphalt shingles are still very awesome.
Asphalt shingles are affordable.
Replacing a roof with any material can be expensive. Even if you save money for a roof replacement in advance, you may find that the cost sets you back quite a bit. Asphalt shingles tend to be more affordable than other roof materials. This is partially because they are quite straightforward for roofing companies to make and also because there's a lot of competition in the asphalt shingle industry, which prompts companies to charge less. If you want a roof with a lower price tag, asphalt shingles are a smart choice.
Asphalt shingles are easy to install.
It does take some skill and practice to install asphalt shingles well, but most handy people can do it. Other types of roofing, like metal and tile, take more skill to install. This means that asphalt shingles come with a lower labor cost than other materials. It also means it tends to be easier to find a roofer who can install asphalt shingles than one who can install another more specialized material.
Asphalt shingles look good on almost any home.
A metal roof would look out of place on a Craftsman home. A tile roof would look strange on a Victorian home. But asphalt shingles look quite good on almost any home. They coordinate with a variety of architectural styles and can make any home look nice if you choose an appropriate color.
Asphalt shingles are resistant to cracking.
A lot of more rigid roof materials, like tile, will break if something heavy falls on them. This is not such an issue with asphalt shingles. They are a bit flexible, so they tend to bend and give, not crack, if something falls on them. This can make them less prone to certain types of damage.
The secret is out: asphalt shingles are still an awesome roofing material and deserve attention. Contact a roofing company near you for a quote or to discuss the finer details of asphalt shingle roofing and its many benefits.
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