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What are Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials in use today. Roofs across America, and the world, utilize this type of shingle because it’s the easiest to make, install and tear down when necessary. The cost of these shingles will vary depending on everything from size, shape, color and type. Many companies offer different types of asphalt shingles that function differently or enhance a roof’s capability to withstand damage.

The History of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an American-based product, first created and used in 1091. By 1911, it was widely used for roofing through America and North America and by 1939, almost 40 million shingles were being produced a year throughout the US. Asphalt prepared roofing was the technical term when these shingles were first developed in 1893 and were similar to asphalt roll roofing.

In 1901, developers thought to begin cutting asphalt shingles into square sections and overlapping them to create either a single tab or multi-tab shingle allowing for different roofing methods to be used for homes and buildings. The base of asphalt shingles started out as simple cotton rags at first before this method became too expensive in relation to the shingles themselves.

Asphalt shingles today come in different colors, sizes and shapes, allowing them to be used in a wide variety of ways for modern roofs. Whether you’re looking for weather-resistant, hail reducing, drain-off shingles or something in between, asphalt shingles make it possible to protect your home or building from everything from the sunlight to wind to hail to rain and snow. Developments have even made some forms of asphalt shingles completely green.

Without asphalt shingles, roofing today would be radically different from what we know it to be. While there are many roofing methods that don’t use shingles at all, the majority of roofs across the world now use asphalt shingles. The cost of the shingle compared to other methods can’t be beat, reducing the cost of having a roof repaired or replaced when necessary.

If you’re looking to get your roof repaired or replaced, chances are it’ll be with asphalt shingles. Work with your roofer for the best price possible and best fit for your home or building.


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