Drive through any residential neighborhood and you’ll see asphalt roofing shingles on the vast majority of today’s homes. While occasionally you’ll come across a house with a metal or slate roof, many homeowners have continued to choose asphalt shingles for a few reasons.

Asphalt shingles are made using a specially formulated asphalt coating and surfaced with mineral granules to provide superior weather resistance. A quality asphalt shingle remains flexible and does not dry out or become hard or brittle for the expected life of the roofing shingle. In addition to durability, they’re available in a variety of colors and styles, and their ease of installation make it an appealing choice for roofing contractors and homeowners alike.

Benefits of asphalt shingles include:

Beauty: With the availability of different profiles, colors and pattern options, homeowners can be sure to find the perfect style to complement virtually any home.

Price: Replacing a roof and breaking the bank don’t have to go hand in hand. Whatever your price range, there is an asphalt shingle to fit your budget. With low up-front costs and competition between contractors, both the product and installation costs should be reasonable.

Performance: Asphalt shingles are manufactured with materials designed to resist high winds, rain and leaks, and have excellent fire resistance, which is one of their major advantages. Additionally, asphalt shingles have a long life expectancy, giving homeowners peace of mind post installation for years to come. If you choose ENERGY STAR® qualified roofing products, the highly reflective shingles can help to reduce temperatures in your attic, so your home will stay cooler in the summer—to save on air-conditioning costs.

Ease of Installation: They may not admit it, but knowledgeable contractors know how simple it is to install shingles. So easy, in fact, that the entire installation process shouldn’t take more than a few days, whereas a slate roof can take weeks! Unlike some other roofing materials, asphalt shingles are lightweight enough to be installed on virtually any roof without additional structure support, which saves time and money.

Harvey Building Products carries a comprehensive selection of roofing materials, with everything from traditional asphalt shingles to roof skylights to metal roofing. In addition, we sell underlayments to protect your home’s building envelope.

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