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How many different kinds of roofs can you spot on the houses on your street? A few decades ago, you may have only seen shingle roofs, perhaps with the occasional slate roof mixed in. But these days, there are more kinds of roofing on the market. Metal roofs are becoming common because they can be made from recycled materials. Tile is a popular choice because it lasts a lot longer than other roofing materials. And then there are some roofers who install rubber roofs because they're smooth and easy to install. Learn more about roofs of all types on this blog.



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Shingle Roofs Have Several Good Points To Consider

Shingle roofs have some advantages over other roofs and some disadvantages too. However, if you're looking for a sturdy roof to last for several years, asphalt shingles are a good choice. They complement all kinds of architecture, so you don't have to wonder if a shingle roof is right for your home.

Here are some other good points about shingle roofing.  

Shingles Come In Several Colors

If you have a color theme for the exterior of your home, you can find shingles that match or complement the colors. Asphalt shingles are coated in colored granules that give the shingles a speckled color. The granules are protective for the roof too, but they also make the shingles attractive.

Some Shingles Can Prevent Algae

If you've ever lived in a home with a lot of shade, you may have dealt with an ugly roof due to algae growth. Algae is a common problem for roofs, and the algae can make wide black streaks that cause your roof to look old and damaged. Algae doesn't always cause damage to the shingles, but the algae can make your roof an eyesore.

You can reduce the risk of algae by buying shingles that have copper or are treated in another way to kill algae. When it rains on the shingles, the water spreads copper molecules around to kill off algae and keep it from gaining a foothold on your roof.

Asphalt Shingles Are Easy To Repair

If you like to do home improvement projects and you're comfortable on a ladder, you might want to inspect the roof yourself and replace shingles that come loose. Replacing and repairing simple shingle damage is a pretty easy DIY repair. You may still need to leave some repair work to professionals, but being able to make minor repairs will save money over the life of your roof.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs Are More Affordable

Asphalt shingles cover a wide price range depending on if you buy three-tab or luxury shingles. Three-tab shingles are the most affordable. They're a good choice if you're flipping a home, getting a new roof before you put your home on the market, or when you need a roof but your budget is tight.

Asphalt Roofs Are Durable Too

Three-tab shingles can last for many years and stand up to mild impacts and winds. If you like asphalt shingle roofs, but you wish they were even more durable, look into luxury shingles.

These have thicker construction so they are sturdy and more durable than three-tab shingles. They also last longer than three-tab shingles. Luxury shingle roofs have high ratings for impacts, fire, and wind, so they're a good roofing material to consider when you want the look of shingles but you want something more durable.

Contact a roofer to learn more about shingle roofs.