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A Brief Guide to Asphalt and Composite Shingles

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As a roofing contractor, choosing the right materials for a roofing project is critical to ensuring its longevity and durability. Two of the most popular types of shingles for residential and commercial roofing are asphalt shingles and composite shingles. Each has its own unique features, advantages and disadvantages and selecting the right type of shingle for the specific application requires careful consideration of the climate, supporting structure, aesthetic preference and client budget.

What are Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingles are made from a base material of fiberglass, felt or organic paper and then coated with asphalt and granules. They are inexpensive compared to other roofing materials, easy to install and come in a variety of colors and styles. These styles are generally considered “traditional,” and they lack the aesthetic versatility of composite materials. Their resistance to fire and wind also makes them a popular choice in areas with difficult weather conditions. However, asphalt shingles need to be replaced more often than composite shingles, and they are less environmentally friendly because they are made from non-renewable resources. Despite their drawbacks, they are still a great option for budget-minded consumers.

What are Composite Shingles?

Composite shingles are made from a blend of recycled materials. They also have a layer of asphalt and granules, but they are generally more durable than asphalt shingles and have a longer lifespan. They are more resistant to harsh weather, especially high winds and impacts with debris. In terms of aesthetic appeal, composite shingles can mimic the look of nearly every material, including slate and tile, at a much friendlier price point. Composites are also more environmentally friendly because they are made from recycled materials. However, composite shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles, which can be a budget concern for clients. They can also be heavier, and considerations need to be made for necessary underlying support structures.

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Choosing the right shingles for a roofing project requires careful consideration of the specific needs and requirements of the project, your local area and the latest roofing trends. Knowing what your contractor clients need is essential to the success of your business.

Mid-Atlantic Roofing Supply is your expert wholesale partner for roofing supplies. With years of experience in the industry and a commitment to providing quality products and excellent customer service, we can help you make informed decisions about roofing materials and accessories. Contact Mid-Atlantic Roofing Supply today for more information about becoming a part of our reliable distribution network of quality products.

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