Choosing asphalt roofing shingles for your home
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Choosing asphalt roofing shingles for your home is difficult given the wide variety. An asphalt roof isn't as dramatic or as interesting as one of natural slate or other material. Yet a solid asphalt roofing can easily be the difference between a watertight seal on the top of your house and a sieve that funnels water down to the most easily damaged items in your home.
Roofing prices being what they are, it's especially important to assess the available roofing brands against your budget for the overall roofing cost.
Reply! is a great resource for homeowners looking to install or repair residential roofing. It is important to seek out a roofing estimate that will meet your needs and fit your budget. Otherwise, choosing asphalt roofing shingles will be the least of your problems come rainy season.
Most of the residential roofing used in the United States is asphalt because it is affordable and easy to install. The versatility of asphalt roofing shingles actually works against the homeowner here, as there are so many options and different ways of personalizing the roof that it simply isn't feasible to become familiar with all of the options on the market.
Unfortunately, the major drawback of asphalt shingle roofing has only just become apparent in the last few years. This is the vexed issue of what to do with them once they've worn out. Essentially, they are tar, so not many options are available for recycling.
Getting the right roofing warranty is almost as important as picking the right shingles. Most warranties range from 20 to 40 years. If installed properly, the shingles should last 20 to 30 years. While improperly installed shingles typically begin showing problems, such as rot or peeling, within the first five years.
Discuss with your contractor these additional factors:
- Seasonal elements for your region. For instance, if you live in a tornado area, you'll want shingles with a higher wind resistance.
- The life of the shingle and frequency of replacement. Some brands may guarantee a longer life.
- Brand options.
- Color options that could increase the curb-side appeal of your home.
You have more than enough headaches as it is, without adding trouble in the form of a leaky roof. Choosing asphalt roofing shingles should not stall your home improvement project. Connect with contractors today.
Photo credit: CertainTeed's Carriage House shingles in black pearl.