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Asphalt shingles have a proven track record in the United States spanning more than a century. With asphalt shingles accounting for approximately 80 percent of home roofs today, many homeowners are curious about what this shingle is and why it is so popular. They are commonly used on homes with sloped roofs, single homes and smaller residential structures. As Dallas roofing professionals can attest, homeowners are attracted to several different qualities that asphalt shingles have, the biggest being affordability and longevity.

Asphalt shingles are generally manufactured and purchased in bulk, making them cheaper and more accessible to the general public. There are three tab shingles that are thinner and more lightweight that offer an even more affordable choice for homeowners who do not have a large budget to work with when replacing their roof. Dimensional, also known as laminate or architectural, shingles are the more popular type between the two, and although they cost more, they are still a solid and reliable choice for most homeowners.

Simple and easy installation is another quality that attracts homeowners to choose asphalt shingles. These shingles take one to three days to install and do not require the expertise that other shingle types, such as slate or wood, require to install. With the ease of installation, labor costs also go down.

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Asphalt shingles are also lighter than other shingle types and do not require the roof to be reinforced in order to install them. They can also be treated against mold and mildew. In addition, they come in different styles, textures, and colors. The granules on top of asphalt shingles give them their color, making them available in reds, oranges, greens, whites, creams, grays, and browns. With different styles and textures, asphalt shingles can be made to look like their higher end counterparts like slate tiles or wood shakes.

Durability is another coveted quality of the asphalt shingle. Most asphalt shingle roofs last between 20 and 30 years. They are built to withstand uplift from the wind and some damage from the sun's rays and hail. There are many different shingle manufacturers, most offering warranties on their shingle roofs.

Homeowners should discuss the pros and cons of asphalt shingles with their roofing contractor to determine if they are a good fit for their home. Although they are extremely popular, they may not be right for every roof or situation. There are several factors homeowners should consider when selecting a shingle type, including budget, desired look, and weather patterns in the area.

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