TAMPA - Updating your roof is one of the most significant investments you can make, as it can last 20 to 30 years. Angie's List , the nation's leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly rated roofers about the different shingles available to homeowners today. "There are many different types of shingles that a consumer can chose for their home, but still the most common are asphalt shingles," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks. "They are usually inexpensive and come in a variety of colors. A lot of roofing manufacturers have a computer program that can show you exactly what it's going to look like when it's on your house. The last thing you want to do is pick a roof that doesn't compliment your home or the neighborhood because you don't want to be an eyesore."
Before making a choice, you should consider climate, durability and maintenance requirements. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of four common types of shingles.
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