One of the most common roofing materials used on residential roofs are asphalt shingles. The popularity of the shingle roof is due to numerous factors that lead to the popularity of a shingle roof. This includes everything from the installation to the low costs.
You might be thinking of going with asphalt shingles when considering your roofing replacement. When it comes to making such a big decision we want to make sure you are aware of pros and cons when it comes to choosing roofing materials. You are making a big investment on your home and this isn’t something that should be taken lightly.
- They are very versatile and can easily adapt to different applications
- The cost of an asphalt shingle roof is the most affordable on the market
- Repairing them is relatively easy with composite shingles
- They work well when applied to steep-slope structures
- While asphalt roofs are not the lightest roofs, the actual shingles are lightweight
- They are easy to cut, fasten, and fit making the install very easy
- They do not require specialized accessories
- They are low maintenance and can be walked on without damaging the material
- They come in a wide range of prices, sizes, and colors
- Most brands offer Class A fire protection
- Depending on the specific shingle, the shelf life of an asphalt shingle can be easily outlasted by other materials like tile, slate, and metal. They only last on average 15-30 years
- Shingles and high wind damage do not mix- strong winds can uplift or tear shingles off easily
- Asphalt shingles can transfer solar heat into your home and can actually become damaged by the heat
- Shingles can become damaged due to mildew problems caused by excess moisture polling in shady areas