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Greeley Roofing: Article About Asphalt Shingle Benefits

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Affordable, versatile and enduring, it's no surprise that asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular residential roof in the country. The many benefits make asphalt an ideal roofing material for more than 80 percent of American homes, and knowledgeable Greeley roofing professionals often recommend them for area residences. Here are just a few of the benefits of asphalt shingle roofing.

Durable asphalt shingles are some of the most cost-effective roofing products on the market today. They are less than half the price of wood shingles and tile roofs, and they're significantly cheaper than slate and metal roofing. That affordability extends beyond installation, providing easy repair and replacement throughout the life of the roof.

Economy is only part of the picture. Appearance, versatility and durability are important considerations when selecting a roof for a home. Asphalt shingles score well on those ratings, too. Most major roof manufacturers provide a wide range of asphalt shingle designs and profiles, and they are even available in cool roof options for better energy efficiency.

When it comes to style, it's also tough to find another roofing product that is more wide-ranging than asphalt shingles. With countless designer options, a variety of thicknesses and dozens of colors, there's an asphalt shingle style to suit just about any home's style.

A roofing expert from Colorado Roof Toppers of Greeley CO can answer questions you have about skylights or roofing repairs.

For an upscale look, architectural shingles are available in custom color palettes, many dimensional designs and trendy textures.

Aesthetics aside, asphalt shingles compare favorably to other products for performance. They are excellent at resisting moisture and rain and can be Class A fire-resistant. With Chinook winds an issue along the Front Range, homeowners may want to choose shingle systems that withstand high winds. Some roof manufacturers offer asphalt shingle roofs that can weather winds reaching up to 130 miles per hour.

Installation of these shingles is fairly straightforward and simple, and because they are extremely popular roofing systems, a trusted roofer is likely to be very experienced with these products. A variety of helpful advances in shingle manufacturing make asphalt shingle installation even easier, from self-sealing shingles to shingles that are already formed to fit on a home's hips and ridges.

While asphalt shingles have a respectable lifespan of 20 years, they are not the longest-lasting roofing system. Wood shingles have an expected lifespan of 20 to 30 years. For the longest-lasting roofing systems, homeowners would need to turn to clay and cement tiles, metal or slate that can often last for at least 50 years.

Balancing a shorter lifespan with greater affordability, variety and easy installation is a personal choice for each homeowner. As roofs are an important and notable investment, it's helpful to get the advice of a quality roofer to determine what roof type is best suited to an individual home.

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