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Ask 10 different people about roofing shingles, and most will immediately think of asphalt shingles. Though asphalt has been a popular choice for a number of years due to its low cost, other options now rank higher among homeowners and installers. Rockville roofing companies have years of experience installing different types of shingles on homes and businesses, but those in need of help might want to learn more about some of the more popular styles before scheduling an installation appointment.

Asphalt shingles are generally the most affordable type of shingle. Made from a combination of fiberglass and asphalt, the shingles feature a coating of small granules on the surface that provide traction and resistance against wind and rain. Asphalt is particularly susceptible to a problem experts call shrinkage. As the granules wear off, the shingles begin contracting on the roof.

Fiber cement is a possible alternative to asphalt. The shingles share a number of similarities, and both can last for up to 25 years. Made from small pieces of fiber mixed with cement, the shingles are generally stronger than asphalt. Some homes may feature asbestos shingles, a type of fiber cement shingles with asbestos used in place of the fiber and banned by the government during the 1980s.

Wood, metal, plastic and natural stone are some other common types of shingles.

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Natural stone designs feature a construction made entirely of stone that manufacturers source from across the country. Stone is the most expensive option, but it can last for a longer period of time. Both stone and metal have protective qualities when it comes to resisting fire. Metal shingle roofs are different from traditional metal roofs because contractors install individual tiles made from metal.

Those who like the look of stone but not the price will find that plastic tiles are a suitable alternative. Manufacturers use different colored dyes that make the plastic look like natural stone, and many can't tell the difference until they see the plastic in front of them.

Homeowners who like the look of wood shingles can choose between shake and shingles. Manufacturers cut large wood pieces into individual shingles by hand and split the shingles in the center when making wood shake. Other companies make wood shingles with a machine that cuts the wood into each shingle. Some larger cities now ban the use of any type of wood shingles as the material is susceptible to fires and can help a fire spread quickly from one building to another.

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