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Why Are Asphalt Roofs So Popular?

If you’re considering replacing your roof, you may wonder which type of roofing materials you should use. While slate and tile are both beautiful and durable, they are far less popular than asphalt. Similarly, metal and wood can be used to create stunning roof designs, but they can’t beat the cost-effectiveness of asphalt.

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material by far, but why? There are several reasons why the majority of homeowners choose asphalt for their new roof.

Asphalt Duration Shingles Are Durable

Replacing a roof isn’t an item that ranks very high on most homeowners’ to-do lists. While a new roof will add beauty and value to your home, there are arguably more exciting home improvement projects to tackle. If you delay replacing your roof, however, you risk exposing your home to further damage. And the longer you wait, the greater the chances of a costly leak.

The good news is that modern asphalt shingles are made to last. If you choose the right shingles and an experienced roofing contractor, you can rest easy knowing your new roof will protect your home for as long as you own it.

One of the best features of today’s asphalt shingles is their improved durability compared to shingles available even just a couple of decades ago.

For example, both Owens Corning™ Duration® shingles and Owens Corning™ TruDefinition shingles come with a lifetime warranty and the Owens Corning™ Tru PROtection® Period for 50 years when installed on a single family detached home.

Duration® shingles are particularly well-suited to regions that experience high winds, as they’re covered by wind warranty protection up to 130 miles per hour.

Asphalt Three-Tab and Dimensional Shingles Look Beautiful

When you decide to install an asphalt roof, your choices don’t stop there. Modern asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles that will complement your home’s siding and other exterior features.

You can also choose between three-tab shingles, which are an economical and popular option, or dimensional shingles, which are designed to mimic the look of wood shakes and slate. Also known as architectural shingles, dimensional shingles suit a variety of home designs, from modern homes to colonials and more vintage architectural styles. When dimensional shingles are installed properly, they can achieve a look that’s strikingly similar to cedar shakes and even slate tiles.

The images below detail the contrast between three-tab shingles and dimensional shingles.

Three-tab shingles. Source: Owens Corning.

Dimensional shingles. Source: Owens Corning.

Asphalt Shingles Are Affordable

One of the biggest benefits of asphalt shingles is their affordability. With asphalt, you can get the look of slate or wood shakes at the Duration® shingles price.

Of all the various roofing material options, asphalt delivers the best combination of attractiveness and value. It’s also much lighter compared to more expensive options like clay and slate, which are far heavier and often require additional framing.

With so many positives to recommend it, it’s no wonder asphalt is the roofing material of choice for the majority of homeowners.

Call Nu Look Roofing Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

Are you thinking about installing a new roof? The home roofing experts at Nu Look Home Design can help you choose a new roof design that boosts your home’s value and curb appeal. Call today at (800) 279-5300 or email us at info@nlhd.com.