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Two different types of roofing material commonly used on homes are wood and asphalt shingles. Speaking with a Gaithersburg roofing contractor about what you want before beginning a project can help clear-up many questions that will arise once a project has already begun. Being armed with good information about each style is always advisable.

A high majority of homes utilized asphalt shingles largely because of the lower cost that is involved with installation. Because of the popularity of this type of shingle, there have been improvements made to get the most efficiency and durability out of them as possible. These shingles are made from either organic materials or fiberglass. One disadvantage to asphalt shingles is that they will not last as long as a quality wood shingle. The typical lifespan of a roof with asphalt shingles is between 20 and 30 years.

Mold and mildew have been known to be a problem with asphalt shingles, but one advantage to advances in this technology are that treatment of shingles for protection against mold and mildew is possible. Asphalt shingles are available in multiple colors and thicknesses, making it easier to match any particular type of structure.

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Wood shingles, look more aged and appear uniform in terms of size and thickness. In addition to wood shingles, wood shakes are also an option that look less uniform and provide a more rugged look to a building. The wood shingle is the more expensive of the two. While made from different types of wood, cedar is the most popular because it is highly resistant to rot and mold.

Wood shingles and shakes offer more energy efficiency, because heat will not collect in the attic area of the home. They are also considered much more energy efficient because of the material. Wood obviously comes from renewable resources, unlike the asphalt shingle. Disadvantages, aside from the higher cost compared to asphalt shingles include, more susceptibility to weather damage and a possibility for termite, rot and mildew damage if not properly treated.

For many, the choice is clear, but often cost prohibits one from the other. Those opting for a wood shingle do so because of the aesthetic appearance it gives the home. More care and continued maintenance is required with a wood shingle, but the appearance is unique and naturally flows with the overall design of most homes. As mentioned, asphalt shingles have become increasingly versatile however with multiple colors and textures.

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