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It's no surprise that asphalt shingles are America's most popular roofing material. Asphalt is more affordable than many higher-end alternatives, but it's still durable and long-lasting. Many major companies manufacture asphalt shingles, and any reputable Loveland roofing contractor will be able to install them. If you're looking to replace your roof, asphalt is a safe and reliable choice in virtually any climate.

There are two main types of asphalt shingles: fiberglass and organic. A woven mat made of fiberglass comprises the base of a typical fiberglass shingle. That base mat is then coated with asphalt and then covered with granules that protect the asphalt from direct exposure to the sun. Fiberglass is a strong material, so less asphalt is needed to ensure durability, and the shingles are lighter and thinner as a result. Fiberglass shingles are also more fire resistant than their organic counterparts. Even though they have only been around since the 1980s, fiberglass shingles are today's top choice among contractors.

Organic mat-based shingles are made from a base of recycled felt paper. This base is coated in asphalt to make it waterproof and then covered with another layer of asphalt that contains granules. They are heavier and thicker than fiberglass shingles due to the additional asphalt coating, but are tougher and more flexible.

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No matter which base material is used for your asphalt shingles, you'll have a choice between two different styles. Three-tab shingles are characterized by the cutouts found along their long edge. This gives each piece the appearance of being three separate shingles, instead of only one. Three-tab shingles are an economical choice that have stood the test of time, and are popular among both homeowners and contractors.

For homeowners who desire a more specific look to their roof, architectural shingles create a unique dimensional look. The added dimension is created by laminating the bottom portion of the shingle with an extra layer of asphalt. Although architectural asphalt shingles are waterproof and durable, they are not ideal for low-sloping roofs. They are also more expensive than three-tab shingles.

Once you've decided on a specific type of asphalt shingle, you'll want to make sure it includes a strong warranty. Most warranties won't cover a problem if it turns out that the shingles were installed improperly, and some won't cover do-it-yourself installations at all. It's important to keep that risk in mind if you choose to handle the installation yourself. It may be worthwhile to hire a qualified roofing contractor. Warranties usually cover manufacturing defects, such as shingle curling and cupping; coverage will not extend to damage caused by storms. For protection against the wrath of tornadoes, hurricanes and hail, you'll need to rely on your homeowner's insurance.

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