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Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing surface material in the United States. There are a number of reasons for this. These shingles are inexpensive, resist fire, are easy to find in supply stores, are lightweight and are easy to attach to a number of roof styles. Although they do not last as long as metal or slate roofing, they usually last at least 12 years. As in the rest of the country, asphalt shingles are very common in Thornton roofing systems.

Asphalt shingles are made from either fiberglass, wood pulp or paper fibers. These materials are then coated with asphalt. Finally, mineral granules of different types are applied; these minerals create the "sparkle" effect of asphalt shingles. The shingles are flexible, and that makes them ideal for curved roofs.

Asphalt shingles come in many different colors ranging from white to black. Popular shades include earth tones, reds and greens. In humid climates such as those found in Florida and Louisiana, composition shingles embedded with zinc granules are often used. The zinc helps combat fungus and algae.

Asphalt shingles are also known as composition shingles.

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These shingles with fiberglass fibers last longer than those with paper or wood fibers and are more fire resistant. They're also more expensive.

Regardless of what they are made of, asphalt shingles are sold in units that will cover 100 square feet. They come in a variety of weights and textures. Composition shingles are sometimes made to mimic the appearance of other, more expensive roofing materials like slate or wood. Composition shingles generally have a self adhesive strip that allows one tab to be attached to another.

Sometimes, composition shingles of varying colors are used on the same roof to create an aesthetically pleasing effect. Some composition shingles have slightly different colors in different light, so the result is that the roof varies in appearance depending on the time of day.

Composition shingles designed to look like wood or slate are heavier than those that aren't and weigh around 200 pounds per 100 square feet. Ordinary composition shingles weigh around 225 pounds per 100 square feet. The standard shape for a composition shingle is a simple rectangle although the edges of asphalt shingles are sometimes cut to give them a weathered, rustic appearance similar to wood.

Asphalt is also commonly used in roll roofing, which makes use of similar materials as composition shingles but in a different shape.

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