Asphalt roofing resists fire, wind and rain
Four out of every five homes in America have asphalt roofing, which can be made from fiberglass or organic materials, such as recycled paper and wood fibers. This roofing performs great in icy, snowy, windy or wet weather, and does not require regular upkeep. It is easy to repair if damaged. Asphalt shingles come in many colors, shapes and textures and can be used for a variety of architectural and design effects. Unlike other types of roofing, these shingles are fire-resistant and wind-resistant.
Most roofs need to be replaced every 20 years. No matter what your roof's design, asphalt shingles should be flexible and strong enough to suit the most complicated angles and nooks. Some people forgo the roofing contractor and use asphalt to re-shingle the roof, because it offers a relatively uncomplicated, do-it-yourself project.