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What to consider when choosing asphalt shingles

When preparing your roof cost estimate, roofing contractors consider many variables that are specific to your roof, your preferences, your budget and goals, and even where you live.
A roofing project can introduce homeowners to many new terms, and one of the first you’re likely to come up against is “roofing square.” Measuring in roofing squares is unique to the roofing industry—understanding how these measurements work can be a vital part of planning your roof repair or replacement.
There’s no specific “expiration date” for an asphalt shingle. Factors like weather, geographic location, manufacturer, moisture, UV rays, and others, can all factor into the condition of a particular roof. But there are some easy-to-spot indicators to the overall condition of your shingles that can help determine when it is time for a new roof.
If you’re looking to replace your roof, you may wonder what type of asphalt roof shingles you should use. You have no shortage of options—shingles come in all different types, styles, and colors. Here’s a look at the different types of roofing shingles available for residential roofing so that you can make an informed choice for your needs.