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Orange County NY Roofing: Article About Asphalt Shingles Versus Composition

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Possibly the most popular shingles are asphalt and composition. The two products are similar, but there are enough differences between them to warrant studying them before choosing one or the other for a roofing project.

Asphalt shingles are budget friendly and are a popular choice. They are constructed of a layer of paper felt soaked in asphalt to make it waterproof and covered with ceramic granules, which reflect sunlight and heat. They also add color to the shingles. Installation is fairly simple because they cut easily and are flexible. Their cost per square is relatively low as well. These shingles come in a great variety of colors and can be used on virtually any home.

One of the downsides of asphalt shingles is that they aren't fire resistant. They also are heavier than composition shingles. In addition, very low temperatures can damage asphalt shingles. Asphalt is a petroleum product, so these shingles are not ecofriendly. Their efficiency can be increased with the addition of a radiant energy barrier. Experienced Orange County NY roofing professionals can show homeowners a number of styles of asphalt shingles and explain how they can be made less intrusive to the environment.

The roofing experts at Precision roofing of Orange County NY can assist you with any questions regarding roof repair or EPDM roofing.

Composition shingles are basically a type of asphalt shingle. Instead of the felt, however, these shingles use a layer of fiberglass. Recycled plastics are used occasionally in the top layer as well, but between the felt and the plastics there is still a layer of asphalt. One advantage to composition shingles is the ability they have to mimic other materials. EcoStar, for instance, makes shingles that look like genuine slate or wood. Their energy efficiency is so good that consumers can earn LEED points for using them in their roofing projects. LEED certified homes are more attractive to buyers. The composite shingles usually are more fire resistant and carry a higher rating for being impact resistant. The downside to composite shingles is their cost; they can be four times as expensive per square as asphalt shingles. The material and the fact they are less flexible and require extra tools to install make them pricier. Prices among composites vary widely, so it is important to get an estimate from a reliable and trusted roofing company.

Many homeowners value the ability to design a custom roof with composite shingles and choose them over the less expensive asphalt. In fact, roofing experts believe that composite shingles will soon eclipse asphalt shingles in sales.

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