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Why are asphalt shingle roofs so common?

asphalt shingle roof

Shingles are found on approximately 70% of homes in the United States. Here in Colorado with so many sloped roofs, it is estimated that there are even more than 75% of residences with asphalt shingle roofing systems.

Asphalt Shingle Basics

Most modern asphalt shingles are made using a woven fiberglass base mat which is saturated in the asphalt coating material. Asphalt is so common in roofing because it is extremely effective at waterproofing and wicking moisture. The asphalt is then covered with ceramic granules that shield the asphalt from harmful UV rays, and provide distinct coloring to the material.

So, why are more than 70% of Colorado homes built with asphalt shingles? Here are the four main reasons:

  1. Waterproofing – asphalt is one of the best waterproofing materials available. Since your roof’s main job is to protect your home from the elements, this is an important factor.
  2. Weight – roofing materials add a surprisingly heavy load to the top of your home. Some materials, such as tile roofs, provide durability thanks to the weight of the material. Of all the roofing options, asphalt shingles are actually some of the lightest, especially considering the protection they provide.
  3. Extreme weather resistance – asphalt shingle roofs can withstand quite a bit of harsh elements. You’ll even find many asphalt shingle roofs in heavy hurricane, hail, and wind prone areas. These weather events can certainly cause damage to shingles, but with recent developments in impact-resistant shingle technology, asphalt shingle durability is only increasing.
  4. Price – perhaps the main advantage of asphalt shingle roofs is the relatively low cost. Considering the three benefits listed above, many homeowners choose asphalt shingles when they realize the cost is lower than most other material choices.

A properly installed asphalt shingle roof can last 20 years or more. That fact, along with the four key benefits above, are why you see so many homes in the United States and in Colorado with shingles on their roof.

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