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The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingle Roofing in Lake Charles, LA

POSTED ON: 04/01/2021

Asphalt shingle roofs in Lake Charles, LA are one of the most common residential roofing systems in North America.  Their cost effectiveness and ease of installation makes them a popular choice among homeowners and real estate developers alike. Asphalt shingles come in two forms, three-tab (the old-school flat style) and laminated (also known as architectural shingles, which have a more layered, textured look). They come in many colors and styles and can suit many tastes from modern to traditional. 

Asphalt shingles are made by using a fiberglass or an organic base and saturating it with asphalt. More asphalt is then used to cover one or both sides, then the top side gets a sprinkle of quartz, stone or other granules. The backside is covered in sand, talc or mica to prevent the shingles from sticking together. The granules on top of the shingles reflect UV rays, which helps to keep your home and attic cool.  One of the more prevalent cons of this type of roof is that the granules can come loose during a bad storm from hail or wind, which weakens the roof.  Asphalt shingles with a fiberglass base are also relatively resistant to fire as well as algae, both of which can cause roof damage.

Asphalt shingle roofs in Lake Charles, LA have a lifespan of about 20 years, barring disaster, and make the perfect roofing material for a home where the homeowners don’t intend to stay long-term.  Even if it is your dream home, asphalt shingles make the perfect roof in Lake Charles, LA if you plan to upgrade later to other longer lasting roofing systems, like metal or clay pot.

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