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In general, shingles are the most popular roofing materials in the United States. In fact, shingles cover just over 80 percent of the roofs in America. What most homeowners don't know is that not all shingles are the same. They come in a variety of styles and colors. Thankfully, Jacksonville roofing experts can help homeowners determine which style of shingle is right for them. Before choosing a style of shingle, however, there are other details that homeowners have to take into consideration.

Roofers have to check the slopes of the roofs first. The slope, also referred to as the pitch, plays a huge role in determining which roofing materials can and can't be used. Homes that don't have deep enough pitches are unable to use shingles for their roofs because water won't drain properly.

It's also important for homeowners to consider the climate of the area they live in. For example, asphalt shingles are not recommended for areas that are extremely hot because the asphalt absorbs heat and can make it more difficult to keep homes cool. Instead, homeowners may want to consider wood shingles, which do a better job at dispersing heat.

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Lastly, it is important to find out which shingles the homeowners are permitted to use in their residential areas. Certain cities have building codes that restrict the use of some materials as roof coverings. Homeowners can hire professional contractors who are well informed as to what building codes may affect them.

The different types shingles are achieved by permeating fiber bases with asphalt. The most popular type is asphalt shingles, which are sometimes called composite shingles. They are used in areas all over America since they are inexpensive and lightweight. This makes them easy to work with, and older homes shouldn't require any additional structural support to handle the extra load. Although asphalt shingles have been around since the 1950s, manufacturers have come up with ways to improve their effectiveness. There are even different styles of asphalt shingles such as architectural shingles.

Wood shingles are typically made from red cedar. Homeowners love wood shingles because they create a natural facade. Although wood shingles are more susceptible to fire damage, manufacturers treat them with special chemicals to make them more fire resistant. Wood shingles also have to be re treated every few years to keep them resistant to bugs and water damage. Cedar is naturally resistant to bugs, but this quality fades over time, which is why cedar still has to be professionally treated every few years.

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