Have you been thinking about new shingles for your roof - Learn All About Asphalt Shingles

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Have you been thinking about new shingles for your roof?

Asphalt shingling is the most common roofing choice made by consumers today, says TheRoofingContractors.com. And why not? They're the most affordable option. Base models can last as long as 20 years given the right weather conditions, and upgrades can last even longer. But before committing, here's some information on how to choose the right asphalt shingle for your home.

Two types of asphalt shingle exist today, organic and fiberglass.

According to RoofHelp.com, organic shingles are made from felt paper saturated in asphalt, making it waterproof. A superficial layer of asphalt is then applied with the addition of ceramic granules to protect the material from UV rays.

Fiberglass shingles are manufactured in much the same way; sheets of fiberglass are coated in asphalt followed by a layer of adhesive, and finally ceramic granules.

While asphalt is popular due its affordability, one type might be better for your home than another. Asphalt is weakest in regions where dense snow, strong winds or direct sun are common.

The harshness of extreme cold makes fiberglass brittle and more susceptible to cracking, says nrca.net.  In the south, where intense heat is common, fiberglass shingles outlast their organic counterpart and have the added bonus of being ASTM Class A-rated, the highest level flame retardant ranking possible.

Fiberglass shingles are also a rich source of alkaline material which algae love to eat. Because of this,  fiberglass shingles look dirty fast, says cipressurewash.com. Algae growth can also lead to premature granule loss, and loss of solar reflectivity meaning subsequent increases in cooling costs as heat is trapped in your attic. 

Organic shingles tend to be heavier and perform better in both colder and windier conditions. They do not suffer from the algae problem of fiberglass because the porosity of the felt allows for deeper absorption of asphalt. On the downside, their ASTM rating is C.     

The best part about asphalt is its affordability; at less than half of most other roofing alternatives it can be significantly less in materials and installation costs. To get the best ideas of what's available, contact a qualified roofing expert in your area.

Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . .and because I care.   

As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I will provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision.

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Darryl Daniels Broker, Stager(ASP) & Designer
Llord And Eads /The Force Realty - Bellevue, WA

Good posting.

I am flipping 3 homes right now and they all need new roofs, now

you have me thinking Its not as simple as I was hoping it was going to be.

Thanks for the food for thought

Darryl.

Feb 24, 2011 11:10 AM #1
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Picking a functional and great looking shingle is always an important consideration when re-roofing a home!

Feb 25, 2011 11:22 PM #2
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