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Type of Shingles
Asphalt are the most common type of shingles, but they are not the only type available. Asphalt shingles have the advantage of being affordable and easy to install. A typical, well-installed asphalt roof can last from 20 to 30 years. Laminated shingles are a more recent roofing product. These are made of layered asphalt shingles and give a look similar to slate, at a fraction of the cost. Slate shingles are extremely durable, but rather costly. They give a home a vintage, hand-crafted look and can last up to 100 years. Wood shake shingles are made of treated cedar, pine or spruce. They give a home a rustic, country air. Shake roofs generally last up to 30 years, although individual shingles may need to be replaced due to warping or splitting.
Shingles make up the bulk of your home's roof. Faulty or poorly-installed shingles can cause your roof to leak and rain water and melted snow to enter your living space. Such leaks are difficult to locate once they begin and can cause unsightly water damage, not to mention mold and mildew.