Asphalt Shingles, Yea or Nay

Asphalt Shingles, Yea or Nay

If you are replacing your roof or putting a roof on new construction you will have to decide what type of roofing material you will use.  One of your options will be asphalt shingles, these have been used on residential and commercial buildings for years.  There are a lot of advantages to using asphalt shingles but, like anything there are some downsides too.  Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of asphalt so you can make an informed choice.

The Good

Asphalt shingles are used everywhere, drive through your neighborhood and you will see them on a number of houses.  These type of shingles are made from asphalt and fiberglass, they are cheap and easy to install.  They are so common because they are one of the least expensive materials you can use on your roof.  Labour costs are lower because of how easy they are to install.  When the time comes to replace the roof in the future then asphalt shingles are really easy to remove.

Plenty of homeowners choose asphalt because there is little to do as far as maintenance goes and repairs are easy.  If you have a leak, you can simply put asphalt over the existing shingles.  You can get them in a variety of colors and textures so you aren’t stuck with that boring slate grey colored roof.  If you take good care of your roof it can last for 30 years or more.  Asphalt shingles have gotten better over the years and now they will help reduce heat absorption, lowering energy costs.  They are resistant to the wind and the ones made from fiberglass are also fire resistant.  When it comes to choosing roofing materials they really are the best bang for your buck.

The Bad

The biggest drawback to asphalt shingles is the fact that they aren’t as durable as some other roofing materials.  If you live in Florida or tornado alley then they may not be able to withstand some of the weather.  Hail, high winds and other harsh storms can make your shingles come loose over time.  Bright hot sunlight can make the shingles change color and curl the edges.  If you live where it is damp much of the time then you can end up with moss growing under your shingles and that further damages your roof.

On balance the cost of shingles and how easy they are to look after makes them the first choice of most roofers and homeowners.