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San Antonio Roofing: Article About Pros and Cons Of Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt shingles are arguably the most popular type of shingles used for roofing. Perhaps the biggest reason for this is because they are economically priced and don't cost as much to install since the skill required to install them isn't as great as the skill required to install some other types of roofing, such as cedar shakes or slate roofing. Just like any other type of roofing material, however, there are both pros and cons to using asphalt shingles.

Not only are asphalt shingles one of the cheapest types of roofing options on the market, but they are also one of the most customizable types. Asphalt shingles come in many colors, so homeowners can select shingles that truly complement the color schemes of their homes. Asphalt shingles may be purchased even in colors like red, green, blue and yellow. Most San Antonio roofing companies have plenty of color choices for homeowners to select from.

Asphalt shingles also come in two basic types: organic and fiberglass. The organic type is composed of paper that has an asphalt coating on it while the fiberglass variety are made up of a layer of glass fiber reinforced mat that is coated with asphalt. Although the organic ones tend to be more durable, they are more prone to catching fire, and they're less environmentally friendly.

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Asphalt shingles also come in various styles as well. Homeowners can select from 3 tab shingles, architectural shingles and premium shingles. The individual shingles themselves come in different patterns, so homeowners can select the ones that they want to create the best aesthetic for their roofs.

Some of the cons of asphalt shingles are that they are subject to decay with weather changes and require a bit more maintenance and repair than some other types of roofing materials. For instance, asphalt shingles tend to become damaged if they're installed in below freezing temperatures, and they can develop problems if there are any issues with the home's attic ventilation. Because asphalt shingles aren't resistant to extreme temperatures, they might crack from expanding and contracting during extreme temperatures, which means that homeowners might have to apply new shingles to patches of their roofs more often if they go with this option of roofing.

Additionally, although fiberglass asphalt shingles are more environmentally friendly than organic ones, none of them are extremely environmentally friendly. They are petroleum based products, so the manufacturing of them contributes to pollution.

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