Pros and Cons of an Asphalt Roof


asphalt roofing shinglesThere comes a time when you need to replace a roof.

Some small damage can be repaired, and you can ignore discolored tiles or unsightly moss for a while, but there is a critical point where the annoyance of roof problems can no longer be ignored. The risk of home damage from a leak is a great motivator when it comes to replacing a roof.

As you review your roofing options, you may have questions about asphalt shingle roofing. It is the most popular roofing in North America and is the first choice for many homeowners, but it’s not for everyone or every home.

Not to worry, we can help. Let’s take a look at its advantages and disadvantages for your roofing.

The Advantages of Asphalt Shingles 

There are many benefits of asphalt shingle roofing:

  • Variety: There are a wealth of options when it comes to asphalt shingles. You can select from the standard three-tab shingles, laminate, or dimensional, shingles, and premium or deluxe shingles. Many options are visually striking and can make your home the talk of the neighborhood.
  • Cost: Asphalt is widely considered an affordable choice for roofing. With few issues and low maintenance, it’s a good option for homeowners concerned with cost.
  • Installation: Asphalt shingles are easy to cut and use, making them very easy to install. There’s minimal preparation and no special tools required, which means quicker installation.
  • Low Maintenance: Compared to many of the other options on the market, asphalt shingles are relatively low-maintenance, but do require regular maintenance checks.
  • Easy Repairs: With asphalt shingles, you can easily replace a single shingle if there is damage.

The Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles 

As well as the benefits of asphalt roofing, there are also potential drawbacks that home and business owners should be aware of:

  • Susceptibility to Wind Damage: Low-cost and poorly installed asphalt shingles can be damaged in high winds, increasing the risk of roof leaks.
  • Susceptibility to Temperature: Temperature fluctuations can cause cracking in asphalt shingles. High heat can cause shingles to expand and contract, resulting in cracks that can put the home at risk. This is why it’s important to have your roof regularly checked by a professional.
  • Age: Unlike some roofing options, asphalt shingles do have a lifespan. They are lighter and cheaper and will need to be replaced eventually.
  • Environmental and Energy Impact: Asphalt shingles don’t have the insulation value of other roofing options. This can mean higher heating costs, especially in colder climates. In addition, the shingles are often made of fiberglass and petroleum, which can be bad for the environment.
  • Curb Appeal: While there are good reasons for the popularity of asphalt shingles, they are also more common which can have a negative impact on the curb appeal and unique visual appeal of your home.

Consider your Roofing Options

There are pros and cons to any roofing option. Take the time to do your research, and talk to the experts like your local Certainteed roofing company. Ask questions before purchasing a new roof to make the best choice for you, your family, or your business.

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