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Chesapeake roofers have seen a growth in available roofing materials over the years. However, many still specialize in the installation of traditional asphalt shingles on residential roofs. Asphalt shingles for residential roofing can be manufactured to mimic the appearance of slate, cedar shakes, tile and wood, while, at the same time, outperforming the materials it is designed to mimic. While metal and concrete tiles have their advantages, neither has the overall combination of longevity, aesthetic appeal and the durability that asphalt roofing shingles do. Asphalt shingles are easy to install, require little labor and require fewer tools and materials for their maintenance.

When determining the value of roofing materials, many contractors will use the B.A.R. standard, which stands for beauty, affordability and reliability. Asphalt shingles can come in an array of stylish colors. They can be fabricated to have different textures and can be designed to suit different styles as well.

Asphalt shingles are also affordable and come in different varieties, which allows for a fluctuation in pricing options. When one compares the price of installation with the overall lifespan of the material, asphalt shingles are one of the most cost effective roofing materials on the market.

Their performance has been proven for more than a century in North America. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy between 15 and 25 years. During that time, they have very few problems with leaks.

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They are the ideal weight for most roofing systems and are fire resistant.

Contractors prefer asphalt shingles because of how easy they are to install and repair. When properly installed, they require little maintenance. Because of their light weight, the joist and rafters in the home do not need to be reinforced.

Once they have reached the end of their useful life, asphalt shingles can be recycled. Recycled shingles are used in the construction of roads and residential paving, which makes asphalt shingles an option that is friendly for the environment.

Despite their many benefits, asphalt shingles come with a few downsides, including the fact that sudden shifts in weather can lead them to decay earlier than they normally would. Additionally, they are difficult to install in severely cold weather, and, if attic ventilation is not adequate, they will have a reduced life cycle. These shingles require periodic maintenance to keep them free from debris and algae growth.

Nevertheless, asphalt shingles are a good option for homeowners who are looking for a clean look that is affordable. In addition to being wind resistant, if they are properly installed, they will survive most major storms. Since asphalt is customizable, homeowners can create a beautiful three dimensional look on their roof that brings out the best of their home.

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