When it comes to roofing materials, asphalt shingles are the tried-and-true classic. They have been the primary roofing material used in the United States for decades, and for good reason. They offer numerous benefits to the homeowners who choose to have them installed on their homes. However, they also offer a few con’s that should be considered. Take a look at our guide comparing the pros and cons of asphalt shingles to help you decide if they are the right choice for your home!
Cost: If you are interested in replacing your roof on a budget, there is no better option than asphalt shingles. They are cheap to manufacture, which makes them a far less expensive option to install than metal, slate, or rubber roofing. Therefore, if you are interested in replacing your roof economically, asphalt shingles are your best option.
Lifespan: When it comes to lifespan, asphalt shingles vary greatly. On the low end, asphalt shingles can last for as little as 15 years. However, if you are willing to pay a bit more for a more durable product, there are asphalt shingles on the market that can last for over 50 years. The average asphalt roof lasts about 20-30 years, which means you may only need to replace your home’s roof once!
Aesthetics: Asphalt shingles are arguably the most stylistically versatile roofing material on the market. If you are interested in a less conventional roofing style or color, your best bet for finding the style that you are looking for is asphalt shingles. With so many manufacturers, they are available in an enormous array of styles and colors which makes them the best roofing material to fit your particular aesthetic vision.
Easy Installation: If you find a contractor who installs roofing, chances are they install asphalt shingles. Without the brittleness of slate, or the complexity of metal, asphalt shingles tend to be the easiest roofing material to install, and their widespread application reflects that. If you want a roof that can be easily repaired by most contractors, asphalt shingles are a sure-fire bet.
Environmental Impact: Unfortunately, the construction of asphalt shingles requires the use of fossil fuels. This makes them the least environmentally friendly residential roofing material, as both slate and metal are more sustainably manufactured, and both are fully recyclable, while asphalt shingles comprise a large portion of the United States yearly waste, with some estimates placing the number as high as 5%
Maintenance: Asphalt shingle roofs require more upkeep than slate or metal roofing. You will need to periodically check for damaged shingles, remove algae or moss growth that occurs on the shingles, and examine the flashing to ensure that no leaking occurs.
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