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Roofing shingles are so popular amongst home owners because they are low cost, easy to install and completely customizable. Not only will they have your home looking pristine but they also last a long time and are easy to repair. GreenCal Construction is certified and bonded to work on your roof and install new shingles. With all the benefits of roofing shingles compared to a tile roof they are an excellent and low cost option for your home that will look amazing!

Why are roofing shingles so popular?

Cost-effective

Asphalt shingles are the most popular and common roofing shingle and cost $70 to $120 a square. You may be wondering, is an asphalt roof the same as shingles? The answer is yes because most shingles are made out of asphalt. With proper maintenance asphalt roofing shingles can last up to 25 years. 

Less common shingle types include wood and synthetic shingles. Wood shingles range from $100 to $150 a square and also last up to 25 years. Lastly, synthetic shingles that are usually made out of slate, start out at $300 a square and last up to 50 years. 

Is asphalt roof the same as shingles?

Lightweight

The light weight material of asphalt roofing shingles makes installation easy. This also makes them easy to maintain and remove and replace. Heavy roofing materials such as concrete, clay, and slate require special framing or else the home can’t support the weight of the. For asphalt shingles to be installed in a home no special requirements are needed due to the lightweight nature of the material.

Comes in a variety of colors

With the modernization of roofing shingles, they come in all colors and asphalt shingles can even be made to look like slate, wood and other expensive materials. In addition to an assortment of colors, shingles can be cut in a variety of sizes allowing you to completely customize the look of your roof. Any type of home design can be paired with roofing shingles for a beautiful and completely custom look. 

Easy to install, repair, or replaceable

Why are roofs made of shingles? Well, they are easy to install and require less labor which results in a lower installation cost. Labor costs should be fairly standard for all roofing shingle installations. When replacing shingles on your roof all of the old shingles are removed and new ones are put in place. This costs less than the installation of a heavy slate or concrete roof because it’s not as labor intensive for the roofing contractor.

Unlike other roofing materials, a shingle roof can be repaired without having to completely redo the roof. If shingles are missing or damaged, the old shingles can be removed and the new shingles are slipped into place without having to work on any other part of the roof. Additionally, it’s easy to see when shingles need to be repaired because they will show signs of damage such as cracking, crumbling or falling off of the roof. 

Relatively Durable

Asphalt shingles don’t last as long as metal or slate roofing but they are still durable. Asphalt shingles last 20 to 25 years and can withstand most storms. Even if your roof does lose roofing shingles or experience damage during a storm, new shingles can be put on relatively inexpensively in the areas that need to be patched.

Roofing Shingles are a great option for your new roof!

With all the benefits of roofing shingles compared to other roofing materials they are an excellent option for any home. GreenCal construction has years of experience with shingle installation and is eager to work with you on your new roof. Contact us today for a free roofing quote and to talk through design options. We look forward to working with you!

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