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Thornton Roofing: Article About Asphalt Versus Wood Shingles

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In today's housing market, there are a wide host of roofing materials from which to choose. Two of the more popular styles of roofing are composition, or asphalt, shingles and wooden shingles, or shakes. The former has become especially popular in recent times and is a favorite for corporate housing development tracts due to its affordability and durability as well as its low maintenance requirements. Wood shakes are favored for their aesthetic appeal, effectiveness and for the individuality they bring to a home. A Thornton roofing professional would be more than qualified to weigh the benefits of each.

Composition shingles are the cheapest type of roofing available, so they will fit into any budget. They are relatively simple to install, making them a good choice for do it yourself projects. They are very durable; most asphalt roofs are guaranteed for 20 to 30 years, with little maintenance required in between. If repairs are needed, it is often possible to place a second layer of composition shingles over the first. There are a couple of points that detract from their desirability, however. Every asphalt roof looks more or less the same, which some people may find undesirable. Asphalt shingles are also very heavy. A shingle roof on an average house weighs several thousand pounds and weighs even more if the roof is patched.

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Therefore, repairing or replacing the roof will result in a lot of waste.

Wood shakes have a different set of characteristics. They offer better air circulation than an asphalt roof. Small gaps in between the shakes allow the air to breathe and move freely through them, which improves the life of the house. They provide a degree of insulation for a house, which can be beneficial in colder climates. They also give a house with a sense of individuality, as no two wood shingled roofs are ever alike. They age gracefully into charming colors and can be made from a variety of woods. This being said, wood shakes require a good deal more maintenance than composition roofs. They will need to be washed and oiled on a regular basis, and shakes that have been damaged by rot or insects will periodically need to be replaced. Wood roofs that are not properly maintained will not last as long. Because the installation process is more difficult than it is for asphalt shingles, it is highly recommended that a professional roofer do the installation.

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