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Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material in North America. It's cost efficient, attractive and it holds up well under different types of weather. Most asphalt roofs last between 10 and 15 years. Aurora roofing professionals have seen that if they are well maintained, asphalt roofs needs little repair.

Asphalt shingles can be divided into two categories. There are organic shingles and fiberglass shingles. Organic shingles are composed of wastepaper that has been saturated with asphalt. A top layer of adhesive salt and ceramic granules are added to the shingle for extra protection. Fiberglass shingles are made with a fiberglass base that is coated with asphalt and other minerals to make it waterproof.

Organic shingles have the benefit of being more durable than their fiberglass counterparts. However, since they are so heavily saturated with asphalt and since they have paper as their base, they are flammable and prone to fire. Additionally, because of the high amount of oil that is used in their production, organic shingles are not very environmentally friendly. On the other side of the coin, fiberglass shingles protect well against fire and are an environmentally friendly option. For this reason, the majority of builders choose to use fiberglass shingles.

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Asphalt shingles are extremely popular because they are affordable. When compared to premium building materials, such as metal, slate and copper, asphalt shingles have a low upfront cost. Over time, maintenance and repairs will add to the upfront cost of using this product.

There are a variety of styles of asphalt shingles available. The most common and least expensive option is the three tab style. Laminated or architectural shingles and premium shingles are thicker and have more layers, but they are also more expensive. Homeowners opt for architectural shingles when they want to their roof to have a three dimensional look that mimics the appearance of wood or slate shingles.

Asphalt shingles can be manufactured in just about any color a homeowner would want. They can also be cut to a wide range of styles and designs. This allows homeowners to create an appealing and custom look that will enhance the appearance of their home as well as its curb appeal.

Contractors prefer asphalt shingles because they are easy to install. Even though asphalt shingles are not the lightest roofing material available, they are light enough to be installed on almost every roofing style without the addition of extra support. Asphalt shingles do not require specialized tools and can usually be installed within a few days.

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