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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Asphalt Shingles For Residential Roofing

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The most common type of roofing shingle used in North America is the asphalt shingle. While these shingles are extremely common, a Colorado Springs roofing contractor can help explain why it's important that homeowners understand both the benefits and disadvantages of this type of roofing material before deciding on the type of new roof they want installed.

There are a number of great benefits that make choosing asphalt shingles an excellent option. One of the biggest reasons homeowners choose this type of shingle is because they are affordable. When it comes to roofing materials, asphalt shingles are among the most cost-efficient options available. Additionally, asphalt shingles are available in many colors and styles, ensuring great flexibility when choosing a roofing style to meet the design of a home.

There are a number of reasons why asphalt shingles can fail. For example, the shingles might have been manufactured with inferior products or methods. Shingles that do not meet American Society for Testing Materials, or ASTM, standards might not perform to the standards necessary to provide adequate roofing protection. They might split, crack or otherwise fail, causing water leaks and damage.

Another common problem that can cause asphalt shingles to split or crack is laddering during installation.

The roofers from Avalanche roofing & Exteriors of Colorado Springs can answer any questions about attic insulation or water damage restoration.

While it is certainly possible that asphalt shingles can crack, even when they are installed in a staggered pattern, laddering should be avoided. An experienced contractor will install quality asphalt shingles that meet ASTM standards as well as work with roofers with the expertise necessary to install the shingles properly.

An experienced roofing contractor will be able to help a homeowner choose the best shingles for their home. Many factors must be taken into consideration, including whether the shingles will be installed over existing roofing as well as the climate, pitch and, of course, the homeowner's budget.

Homeowners who choose to have their roof re-roofed as opposed to tearing off the existing materials and starting from scratch should select shingles that are very sturdy. Experienced roofers will offer the right products to produce a sound roof that should last for many years.

However, it is extremely important for homeowners to understand that if they choose to re-roof, they will be able to save money by eliminating the expense of a tear off, but there are things that will be compromised with this money-saving step. For one thing, re-roofing will typically mean that the new shingles will not live up to their maximum life expectancy. Shingles placed over an existing layer have a shortened life span and can cause more heat absorption due to the extra layers of shingles. This extra heat increases cooling costs and can deteriorate roofing materials.

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