In the Chicago area, fiberglass asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material used by steep-slope roofing contractors.
They are economical, durable, long lasting (15 years to limited lifetime), and can be easily installed, repaired, and maintained.
Asphalt shingles are manufactured in a large variety of styles and colors; Traditional 3 tab shingles, Architectural shingles that are made to look like real wood shake,
and specialty shingles made to resemble clay or slate tiles. Due to the large variety of styles and colors,
asphalt shingles are a top choice for roofing architects and roofing contractors. There is an asphalt shingle made for every architectural style.
In addition to shingle color and style, today's "cool-roof" technology has developed environmental friendly and energy efficient (Energy Star rated) asphalt shingles.
Many of the advanced shingles manufactured today are designed to reflect the sun's harmful rays, which can reduce a roof's temperature by as much as 25%.
Reducing a roof's temperature will reduce the energy required to cool the building, thus saving money.
Building owners who have Energy Star rated asphalt shingles installed on their roofs may also help reduce Urban Heat Island Effect.
Call one of the certified shingle roofing contractors to help you decide which asphalt shingle is the right choice for your new roof.
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