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Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material used on both residential and commercial buildings and are considered a newer product in the industry. They are economical to produce and are the most affordable material on the market, making them an ideal choice for many different types of climates. To learn more about this type of roofing material and the value it can add to your home, you can consult the services of a Kalamazoo roofing professional.

Both fiberglass and organic asphalt shingles are available for installation on various types of properties. Organic shingles are constructed out of recycled felt paper and feature asphalt granules, which prevent water from absorbing through the roof. Because they contain 40 percent more asphalt than fiberglass materials, they are heavier and more expensive. Fiberglass shingles are made out of a woven fiberglass base mat, coated with ceramic granules that protect the shingles from the sunlight, and increase the energy efficiency of a building. The material is lightweight and has a longer warranty, which makes it the more popular option of the two types of shingles.

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Asphalt shingles are available to purchase in a variety of different colors and styles for a custom design that is specific to the homeowner's taste. Medium gray, pale gray, red, dark brown and blue are all common choices that can complement the design of the building.

Cool roofing is one of the latest advancements offered with asphalt shingles. This feature reduces the temperature of the roofing materials in warm climates and prevents them from becoming damaged from the sun's rays. This can increase the lifespan of the structure and prevent the shingles from becoming loose prematurely.

The price point of asphalt shingles is $100 and $200 per square before the cost of installation. Transporting and installing the shingles is considered easy compared with metal or slate transportation and installation. The materials and work often includes a warranty and may cover the cost of repairs needed in the future. Most asphalt shingle roofs last an average of 25 years before they need to be replaced. They can often be applied over old shingles without tearing down the original roof if the roof deck is in good condition.

Homeowners living in wet climates should consider algae-resistant shingles, which are coated with copper to prevent the growth of moss or algae. This often costs 10 to 15 percent more to purchase than typical asphalt shingles.

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