The Pro’s & Cons Of Asphalt Shingles

As one of the least expensive roof materials, asphalt shingles remains the most popular choice of roof for America’s homes.

With the wide variety of styles and colors to choose from and new technologies that allow asphalt shingles to mimic the look of more expensive materials, it’s no wonder why they’re so popular.

Asphalt shingles are a great solution for the budget-minded but they aren’t without drawbacks. Though they can look like their higher quality brethren such as slate, the similarities end there.

Pros of Asphalt Shingles

  • Easy to install (less labor costs)
  • Inexpensive
  • Are appropriate for almost any type of home or style
  • Properly maintained, can last decades
  • Wide variety of styles and colors to choose from, in 2 types (organic or fiberglass), and a variety of fire resistance and lifespans.
  • Higher end asphalt shingles are mostly weather resistant
  • Recyclable

Cons of Asphalt Shingles

  • Susceptible to stronger weather events, especially wind and hail
  • Improper ventilation affects shingles life much more than other materials
  • Installation is weather sensitive where shingles can be damaged if installed in below freezing temperatures
  • Regular maintenance of the roof is a must, not only to satisfy most warranty and insurance requirements, but also to ensure the roof stays in shape.
  • Not as long lasting as materials like slate or tile.
  • Although recyclable, they are made from petroleum, which isn’t environmentally friendly

Every roof and budget is different and while asphalt shingles aren’t the best option out there, installed and maintained properly they can last for many years. But if you can afford it, there are much better, longer lasting materials available.

Get with your local roof contractor and schedule an appointment to review all the materials available to you! In Metro Atlanta, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 for your free estimate today!

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