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Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are perhaps the most common type of roof covering you’ll see, primarily because they are effective and have done their job adequately since their invention in the very early 1900s. By mid-century, asphalt shingles had become the standard for residential roofs, which means they give your home a traditional, normal look.

They are a bit heavy in bundles but are relatively easy to install, which makes for significant savings on the cost of new roof installation. You also save on the material cost because asphalt shingles are typically less expensive than the many other specialty roofing shingles. Asphalt shingles have great longevity, and when it comes time for repair, it’s likely that only a handful of shingles will need to be replaced and not your whole roof. Again, you save money.

In terms of aesthetics, asphalt shingles come in many different colors, can be layered for visual appeal, or can be color-coordinated to add a wonderful patchwork or “quilt” appearance to your roof.

We’ll be honest with you: Some asphalt shingles perform better than others. The old proverb is true; you get what you pay for, but even a higher priced shingle is more affordable than some other specialty roofing options.

Some disadvantages of asphalt shingles include:

    • They are not the most durable roofing option. Metal roofing, for instance, lasts longer.
    • They are susceptible to damage from high winds, or can even be torn from your roof.
    • Without regular care and maintenance, the shingles can pick up mildew, mold, or fungal growth.

Still, most of our customers are completely satisfied with their asphalt shingle roofs, because that option offers an even balance between functional longevity and cost.

When you begin to research which roofing option might be best for you, contact Elkhart County Roofing today. We’re roof experts, and we want to make sure you get the roof that’s exactly right for your home.

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