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Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material installed by Newport News roofers and for good reason. Most people appreciate the classic look, the variety of colors and the relative longevity asphalt shingles offer. Though other types of roofing materials can last longer, they are typically more expensive. Asphalt shingles are a practical choice for the majority of homeowners on a budget.

Shingles consist of a base mat at their foundation. In the instance of organic shingles, the base is made from a formerly living material, such as cellulose and wood fibers. Another possible base is fiberglass. A protective layer of asphalt is added on top of these mats. Since the asphalt can be made of materials as varied as stone, quartz, slate and ceramic, the homeowner is able to choose from many different colors to match the home. Fiberglass backed shingles are better able to resist fire than organic shingles, but organic shingles tend to fare better in colder climates.

Homeowners can also choose between three tab shingles and architectural shingles. Three tab shingles are uniform in size, thinner and tend to be less expensive. Architectural shingles vary in width and height, which can give the roof a more three dimensional look that resembles wooden shakes.

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This is why they are sometimes called dimensional shingles. Due to their varying thickness, architectural shingles can weigh much more than the three tab variety, and this should be taken into consideration when making a choice.

Asphalt shingles can protect the home for around 20 to 30 years when installed correctly. When repairs are necessary, it's easy for a contractor to fix only the affected area and match the current shingles. Perhaps the biggest advantage of asphalt shingles, though, is the relatively low cost. Though any new roof installation is likely to cost thousands of dollars, choosing asphalt shingles typically costs significantly less than using other types of materials, such as metal or slate. Many homeowners find the lifespan and durability of asphalt shingles to be worth the cost.

It's a good idea to have the roof inspected on an annual basis. As the asphalt shingles start to reach the end of their lifespan, homeowners might notice some curling at the edges, cracking and bare spots where the asphalt granules have fallen off. These are all signs that it's time for a new roof.

The choice of roofing material is an important one, and a homeowner who chooses asphalt shingles is likely to be happy with this decision. Consulting with a reputable roofing company about all of the options is one of the best ways to ensure satisfaction.

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