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Variations of asphalt shingles are the most prevalent roofing material used on residential roofs throughout the United States. This is because asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive, easy to install and provide numerous advantages over the competition. Fort Worth roofing experts can talk to homeowners about the advantages and disadvantages of choosing asphalt shingles for a roofing project.

There are two main types of asphalt shingles produced today: organic and fiberglass. Organic shingles are the original asphalt shingle, and by most accounts the fiberglass option is the new and improved version. Homeowners may find organic shingles on homes built prior to 2007. Durability and flammability issues have reduced the production of organic shingles since that time. Organic shingles contain a foundation of paper or wood fibers, whereas the base layer of fiberglass shingles is glass fibers tightly woven together. Both organic and fiberglass shingles are coated to be made completely waterproof and are then covered with ceramic granules that come in a wide variety of colors. Property owners looking at asphalt shingles today are likely to encounter fiberglass asphalt shingles. These have a great fire rating and are more durable than previous organic versions.

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Advances in asphalt shingle production have made them the most attractive option to homeowners for several reasons. They are available in traditional "3 tab" varieties and as architectural shingles or premium shingles that provide additional aesthetic appeal. This means that asphalt shingles come in many shapes, textures and sizes to suit the needs of any home. Asphalt shingles are cheap to produce and are offered to the consumer at a price lower than wood shakes, clay tile, slate or metal roofing.

Homeowners should also consider the disadvantages of asphalt shingles when choosing a roofing material. Although asphalt shingle options are generally less expensive, they aren't as durable as other materials, and as a result do not last as long. An asphalt shingle roof may last up to 20 years if properly maintained, whereas clay or slate may last 30 years, and metal roofing has a lifespan of about 50 years. Harsh weather conditions can also cause damage to an asphalt shingle roof, and a little maintenance is required periodically to maintain its condition. These shingles become brittle in extreme cold and can crack or discolor in very hot climates.

Asphalt shingles are an excellent roofing option and should be considered by most homeowners. Those who would like additional information are encouraged to contact a roofing professional.

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