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Fort Worth Roofing: Article About Different Types Of Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roof covering available today. Fort Worth roofing professionals note that this popularity is due in large part to their low cost and competitive lifespan. Advancements in how asphalt shingles are produced and the increasing variety of shapes, colors and looks available means that asphalt shingles can now be an aesthetic as well as an economical choice.

Asphalt shingles come in two basic varieties: fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are the more popular of the two because they are cheaper to produce and are more lightweight. A woven fiberglass mat is covered with asphalt and ceramic granules to produce an economical, lightweight product. Organic shingles differ in that they are made of felt paper rather than fiberglass. These shingles are thicker, heavier and are not as fire resistant.

The differences don't stop there, however. The most basic type of asphalt shingle is the three tab shingle. These shingles have two cutouts that result in a single shingle appearing as three when placed on a roof. These shingles are often favored as a low cost solution. Architectural shingles, sometimes called dimensional shingles, are somewhat heavier than three tab shingles.

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These shingles have extra asphalt covering along their lower edge, which gives them a slightly contoured look. Homeowners may choose these shingles to add extra dimension to their home's exterior.

In addition to these two differences, shingles now also come in a variety of colors. Some asphalt shingles are even made to mimic other types of roofing materials, such as slate or wood shake. More options become available each day. For example, now it is possible to get square shingles that mimic slate or scalloped shingles that mimic tile. Various colors are available that can mimic tile, wood shake, slate and other materials.

Shingles work best on steeper roofs where it is possible for ice and rain to quickly sheet off the roof. Asphalt shingles are not designed to sustain much pressure, and so lower grade roofs with asphalt shingles can cause extra wear on the material and reduce its lifespan. Nonetheless, a well maintained asphalt roof will last between fifteen and thirty years depending on environmental factors.

Overall, asphalt shingles present an economical roofing solution. This makes it the roofing material of choice for most home builders. With more and more options being made available year to year, many homeowners are also choosing to replace failing roofs with asphalt shingles for their versatility and cost.

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