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Champaign Roofing: Article About The Basics Of Asphalt Roofing

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Asphalt shingles dominate the current roofing market because they are by far the least expensive material to install and have an impressive life span of up to 30 years or more. Whether a homeowner is considering them for a roof replacement or new home construction, it is important to understand a few details about the base materials, the two standard types and various design categories of asphalt shingles. This information will be very helpful when homeowners are ready to contact a Champaign roofing company to discuss their options.

There are many advantages to installing asphalt shingles, especially the economic value. Regardless of the type, the base composition of all asphalt shingles is essentially a mat that has been coated with asphalt and then embedded with mineral granules. Asphalt holds the granules in place and provides waterproofing and strength. There are two basic reinforcement types of asphalt shingles to choose from. The first is a traditional, organic based shingle with a felt mat base constructed from various cellulose fibers, including wood products or recycled paper. This type of shingle has about 40 percent more asphalt, so it is heavier and more expensive than its fiberglass counterpart.

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Fiberglass shingles are comprised of a woven fiberglass mat and although lighter in weight, they are more environmentally friendly than organic based shingles. They also have a superior fire rating that makes them popular with homeowners.

Asphalt shingles are available in an array of design categories. Each category offers varying characteristics in quality, functionality, style and color. Strip shingles are the most economic category. They look similar to slate shingles in appearance and are built on a strong fiberglass base. This makes them extremely lightweight, but they are still resistant to tearing.

Architectural shingles are thicker and multi layered which gives them an attractive, dimensional appearance. They are heavier and more durable but not suitable for all roofing systems. Premium asphalt shingles come in a variety of shapes and colors, including modern styles and those that mimic traditional favorites, such as shaker and Victorian designs. Premium shingles offer the most variety in appearance as well as increased life expectancy, greater strength and flexibility. Many premium shingles also include other desirable qualities such as improved energy efficiency.

Whether a homeowner is considering a new or replacement roofing system, it is hard to go wrong with asphalt shingles. Homeowners can contact a professional roofing company in Champagne to discuss which type and category are most suited for their roofing system, climate and budget.

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