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With many roofing materials available for homeowners to choose from, selecting the right one can often be an overwhelming task. Homeowners will need to decide which factors are the most important to them when selecting a material for their new roof such as cost, ease of care and installation, color options, homeowners association rules and regulations and local building codes. Homeowners can feel confident in their decision when they discuss their options and the pros and cons of each with their roofing contractor.

Asphalt shingles have been used for over 100 years in the United States. Although they are a relatively newer roofing material, they have grown in popularity to be the most widely used roofing material in America with over 80 percent of homes having them. However, as with all other roofing materials, asphalt shingles have their pros and cons. Homeowners who are considering asphalt shingles for a replacement roofing material should consult with their Alamo Heights roofing professional to discuss the following benefits and drawbacks of this widely used roofing product.

The primary reason most homeowners are drawn to asphalt shingles is due to their cost. They are the least expensive roofing material, yet they still last around 20 to 25 years. They are a good option for roofs that are sloped, single homes and smaller residential projects.

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They are also easy to install, usually only taking a day or two. If some shingles become damaged, in some cases, they can be easily replaced. These shingles are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and thickness. They can also be treated to prevent mold and mildew growth. For homeowners who are concerned about their carbon footprint, asphalt shingles can be recycled and subsequently used as a by-product for paving.

Although asphalt shingles offer many benefits, they also have some drawbacks that may steer some homeowners away from them. For instance, they have a shorter lifespan than many other materials. In comparison, slate can last for around 100 years, metal for 50 years and wood about 40 to 50 years. In addition, sudden weather changes can cause asphalt shingles to decay. They are best installed in mild and dry weather. Even with granules for weight, asphalt shingles can be subject to uplift by the wind. Furthermore, if a home has poor attic ventilation, there can be a reduction in shingle life. Even though asphalt shingles are low-maintenance, they do require regular professional inspections to maintain their integrity.

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