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    Why Asphalt Shingles Are Worth Your Money

    Asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most commonly used roof systems across the country. It’s highly reliable and sturdy. No wonder, it remains a top choice among homeowners up to this day. And, with advanced manufacturing processes and modern features to boot, asphalt shingles can deliver superior performance and add aesthetic value to your home exterior.

    Why Asphalt Shingles Are Worth Your Money

    To give you a clearer picture of why asphalt shingles still reign supreme, here are the main advantages of this type of roofing.

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    Excellent Weather Performance

    Asphalt shingles provide excellent protection against various elements. They are fire- and uplift-resistant, and they are generally less prone to leak problems. These shingles are highly durable, and they typically have a long life expectancy. Depending on the quality of the shingles, they can last up to 30 years. To maximize the lifespan of your asphalt shingles, make sure to perform regular upkeep.

    Versatility

    Asphalt shingles can look good on practically any architectural style. They can be designed to mimic cedar shake, slate and tile. So, if you have been eyeing any of these roofing materials (which are typically more expensive and more difficult to maintain), you can opt for asphalt roofing instead.

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    Asphalt shingles also have a wide selection of colors, textures and sizes to complement different types of home design. These options enable you to create a fresh and sophisticated look for your home and enhance your curb appeal.

    Easy Installation and Maintenance

    Asphalt shingles are lightweight, so they no longer require additional structure for support. This makes installation a lot simpler, speeding up the entire process. Of course, if your project can be completed in a shorter time frame, you can expect lower expenses and minimal disruptions to your daily routines.

    Apart from easy installation, asphalt shingles are also known for being low maintenance requirements. They only require minimal upkeep in order to maintain their appearance and performance. If they become damaged, these shingles can be easily repaired or replaced.

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    Recyclability

    Asphalt shingles are recyclable at the end of their lifespan, so they tend to have lower environmental impact. They can be considered eco-friendly since recycled shingles are now widely used in paving, particularly in making new roads. Even the scrap from the manufacturing asphalt shingles can be recycled. If you are planning to replace your asphalt roofing anytime soon, don’t forget to ask contractors – or find recyclers – to recycle the old roof shingles.

    Affordable Cost

    Asphalt shingles are among the most affordable roofing options on the market. There are also many pricing options to choose from. So whatever budget size you’re working with, you can find asphalt shingle products that meet your needs. Asphalt shingles are cost-effective in the long run as well. Since they don’t require much in terms of upkeep, you can expect maintenance costs to be affordable too.

    The Importance of Correct Installation

    It has long been established that asphalt shingles are strong and durable. But in order to make the most of their benefits, this type of roofing must be installed correctly in the first place. That’s why it is important to hire an experienced contractor to carry out the installation of your asphalt shingle roofing.

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    Seasoned roofers can guarantee proper roof installation, and they are a lot less prone to making roofing mistakes. Below are some tips that will help you avoid some common roofing errors:

    • Ensure that your contractors are familiar with the specific installation requirements of the shingles that you will be using. It would even be better if they are experienced in the particular type, style and brand of shingles to be installed. Installation and code requirements vary from one roofing product to another, so they should be aware of any notable differences.
    • Using the wrong fasteners can result in wind damage as well as a red tag by the code inspector. Make sure to check both the manufacturer’s installation instructions and the local building code as the type of fastener required for your roofing is typically indicated in these documents.
    • Make sure you have enough shingles to cover your entire roof. Otherwise, you might run a few square feet short towards the end of the job. In this case, you may be forced to fill in with shingles that do not match or have the completion of your project delayed.

    Tips for Proper Maintenance of Asphalt Shingles

    Asphalt shingles can withstand a considerable amount of heat, rain, wind and snow. But when they are not properly cared for, they can wear out or get damaged more quickly. That is why regular maintenance is crucial for asphalt shingles or any roof system to last. Below are some tips to help ensure your asphalt shingles are properly maintained:

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    Routine Cleaning

    Your roof is exposed to various elements, including dirt and debris, on a daily basis. Over time, dirt and debris could accumulate not only on the roof shingles, but also on the flashing, downspouts, gutters and vents. So, when you have your roof cleaned, make sure they include all the other areas where leaves, branches and debris can be found. Check the maintenance recommendations of the manufacturer to determine if a leaf blower can be used. In case you will be using this equipment, make sure that air is blown down the roof so that debris won’t get blown upwards or underneath the shingles.

    Gutter Cleaning

    The care and maintenance of your gutter system is part of roof maintenance, too. You can use a trowel to dig out leaves and other organic matter from your gutters. This will help prevent buildup of debris and ensure that water will be able to drain properly through the downspouts. You can also opt to add gutter protection, which can help prevent or minimize debris that gets inside your gutters.

    Roof Inspection

    After cleaning your roof, it’s ideal to have a roofer inspect it for any potential issues that could cause serious trouble down the road. Roof inspections should be done regularly so that you can detect problems or signs of wear early. This way, you can immediately perform minor repairs or preventive care and be able to avoid bigger issues.

    Repairs

    As mentioned earlier, asphalt shingles are generally easy to repair, especially if the damage isn’t too serious yet. That’s why experts often advise doing repairs as soon as the first signs of problems show up. When done properly, small fixes or minor repairs can be a significant help in preventing larger problems over time.

    Of course, the solutions to roofing issues vary depending on the nature of the problem. If you have missing or broken shingles, your roofer may use roofing cement or nails to fix the affected shingles or replace the shingles that have been damaged or blown away.

    Orion Home Improvements LLC provides top-notch services that are sure to meet or exceed your expectations. We can work on a variety of home improvement projects, including roof repairs, siding replacement, seamless gutter installation, deck construction, window and door installation, and more. Call us at (571) 354-0331, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Alexandria and Fairfax, VA.

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