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Asphalt shingles are a popular roofing material among homeowners throughout the U.S. While other materials enjoy particular success is specific climates or with specific architectural styles, the asphalt shingle is gauged by some estimates to cover around 80 percent of all houses in the nation. Inexpensive to produce and easy to install, asphalt shingles offer appealing benefits to the homeowner. Since their rise to prominence in the late 20th century, the shingles have diversified to include numerous types with various materials and varied designs.

In order to determine the best kind of asphalt shingle for a particular house, there's no substitute for a conversation with an experienced roofer. Reputable Virginia Beach roofing contractors can typically advise homeowners on the pros and cons of various roofing materials for their particular homes. Nonetheless, before forming a plan with a professional, it never hurts to do a little research into the various kinds of asphalt shingles available.

In essence, there are two main kinds of asphalt shingle: those made of fiberglass and those made of organic materials. In either case, the shingle consists of a fibrous or woven material that is soaked in asphalt and then coated with ceramic granules.

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Fiberglass shingles have dominated the market since the 1980s, offering better fire resistance, a lightweight profile and longer warranties. By contrast, the organic shingles are made of a thick felt paper, which may be more durable, but also warps more easily with time.

While most homeowners opt for fiberglass shingles, they still must choose between three tab shingles and architectural shingles. The former can be easily identified by the tabs along their lower edge. They offer a most economical choice, making them popular for roof replacement jobs on a budget. On the other hand, architectural asphalt shingles offer a higher degree of quality and a more dimensional appearance.

Whatever type of asphalt shingle one chooses, most have a life expectancy of between 15 and 30 years. Precisely how long a new asphalt shingle roof lasts depends on several factors, including the specific type of shingle used. The pitch of the roof, the amount of direct sunlight, and the amount of temperature fluctuation can all affect how long the shingles last.

Finally, whatever sort of asphalt shingle seems best for a particular home, a discerning consumer will check that the shingles come with a generous manufacturer's warranty. Ideally, the roofing contractor will also offer a warranty of their own, so that both materials and labor are ensured against any failings in the shingles' performance.

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