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Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for various reasons. One of the main advantages to choosing an asphalt roof is cost; fiberglass asphalt shingles are the least expensive of all roofing systems. Asphalt shingles are also easier to install than most other types of roofing. Many homeowners also appreciate the aesthetics of an asphalt roof. Nevertheless, asphalt shingle systems are less environmentally sustainable than many other types of roofing. In response to a growing awareness of environmental concerns, roofing manufacturers have attempted to address the demand for an affordable roofing material that is easy to install and better for the environment. Homeowners should contact a Westerville roofing contractor for more comprehensive information about the many eco friendly roofing options that are now available.

Rubber roofing shingles are comprised of 95 percent recycled materials. The rubber content is derived from old tires. The remaining content of rubber shingles consists of steel, aramid fiber, nylon, rayon, fiberglass and polyester in addition to adhesives, curatives and oils, which are agents that prevent degradation. Although rubber is a refined product, it is sustainable in that old shingles can be melted and recycled. Rubber is also resistant to moisture absorption, rotting, mold, cracking and discoloration.

Similar to rubber, composite polymer shingles are composed of 95 percent recycled and reclaimed materials.

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Among these materials are natural wood fibers that allow the shingles to take on the appearance of a traditional wood product. Because 3D imaging is used during the manufacturing process, these shingles are able to almost exactly match the appearance of cedar shakes that are of the finest quality. Composite polymer shingles are resistant to a number of elements that plague cedar such as insects, mold and mildew. They also have a high rating against damage and are resistant to thermal shock, cracking, splitting, peeling, blistering and moisture. Composite roofs do not become discolored over time as they are treated with a technology that blocks up to 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation. An additional benefit of composite polymer shingles is that runoff water is non toxic and safe for drinking.

Many manufacturers now offer roofing material options that are made of renewable resources and reduce the amount of waste that is transported to landfills as a result of roof replacements. In addition to synthetic materials, there are also natural alternatives to asphalt shingles, such as metal roofing. Whether choosing a synthetic or natural material, enlisting the help of a knowledgeable, trustworthy roofing specialist can make the process much easier on the consumer.

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