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Asphalt Shingle Roofing Installation Guide

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Asphalt Shingle Roofing Installation Guide

Asphalt single roofs are easily the most popular type of roofing used in the United States. Though they are far less durable than some other roofing materials, homeowners across the nation continue to choose asphalt shingles for their affordability, appearance, ease of installation, and ease of repair. If you are in the market for a new roof, it never hurts to examine the pros and cons of all the materials available; even after other options have been thoroughly investigated, however, the number of people who opt for the good-old asphalt shingle is still quite impressive.

  1. 1.Asphalt Single Durability

    ...installing shingles in an area prone to high winds is not the same as installing shingles in places where the major concern is snow...

    Roofing materials can have a number of different drawbacks. Metal roofing can be dented by hail. Clay and slate roofs are extremely expensive. Wood's appearance can change dramatically over its lifetime. When dealing with asphalt, however, the main drawback is obviously its longevity. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average asphalt shingle roof is likely to require replacement after about 20 years. Because the cost of asphalt is so low, however, it is well within reason to assume that it can be completely replaced at least once (and in some cases, multiple times) for less than the initial installation price of many higher-end materials.

  2. 2.Installing Asphalt Shingles

    Another thing that separates asphalt shingles from many other types of roofing is its ability to be installed without professional assistance. Any homeowner considering putting on his or her own roof should probably have previous construction experience of some sort, but when push comes to shove, there's no other roofing choice that is as do-it-yourself friendly.


    If you are planning to do this project on your own, it is important to check your local building codes to see what specifics are required as well as with a local contractor or two who can tell you what the best practices are for this project in your specific geographic location. Different shingles are subjected to different conditions, and because installing shingles in an area prone to high winds is not the same as installing shingles in places where the major concerns are heavy snow and ice during the winter months, tutorials (whether online or offline) that may be perfectly acceptable resources in one part of the country can give poor or incomplete advise for those who reside somewhere else.

  3. 3.Shingle Quality

    Not all shingles are created equal. In fact, the quality of the shingles that cover your home plays an incredibly important role not only in how long the roof as a whole will last, but in how many repairs (and repair bills) you'll have over the roof's lifetime. Since affordability is often one of the main factors in a homeowner's choice to go with asphalt in the first place, many will be tempted by the bargain prices lower-quality shingles offer. Unfortunately, the difference between high-quality asphalt shingles and the cheap stuff can mean decades of difference in longevity--especially when you live in an area that is prone to severe weather conditions.

  4. 4.Hiring a Good Contractor for Shingle Installation

    Though some might claim that anyone who can draw a straight line and hammer a nail is fit to install asphalt single roofs, there are plenty of homeowners out there who hired the wrong company for the job and will be happy to tell you a very different story. Just because this material is easier to install than most other roofing options, it doesn't mean that there aren't people out there who don't mind charging for cut corners and shoddy work.


    A good roofing installer knows how much a satisfied customer is worth--especially when dealing with a material that will likely need to be replaced or repaired in the future. That contractor will give you sound advice on what materials and techniques perform well in your area, and he or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process in general. The roofing industry has gotten a bad reputation over the years, but there are plenty of great contractors out there. By taking the time to interview several well before the project is set to begin, you'll not only have a better chance of finding a contractor you click with, you'll also gain a better idea of the going rate for this project in your specific location.

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