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The Popularity of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have been and continue to be the most popular roofing material installed on American households. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, asphalt shingles are both durable and affordable, making it tough for other roofing materials to compete. In addition, asphalt shingles have a number of additional features that place them among best choice for roofing materials, summarized below:

Solar reflective. Asphalt shingles include solar-reflective features that reduce the heat on your roof. These features reduce the burden on your heating and air-conditioning system, which improves your home’s energy efficiency.

Fire resistant. Asphalt shingle roofs have a Class A fire resistance rating. This rating means that an asphalt roof has a low flame spread index and heat release rate, or in other words, low combustibility in severe test conditions. With an asphalt roof, you have maximum protection against fire.

Wind resistant. Asphalt shingles, when installed correctly by a professional, licensed contractor, can sustain high winds without significant damage.

Algae resistant. Have you noticed black stains on your or a neighbor’s roof and wondered what it is? This unsightly condition is caused by algae, which is not only unattractive, but can also cause damage to your roof. In recent years, copper has been added to the composition material of asphalt shingles to prevent algae from spreading.

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