Asphalt Shingle Roofing: Why or Why Not?

Posted on Wednesday, 19th August 2020

Why is it that in the United States, there are approximately 80% of homes that have shingles as their rooftops? Could it be based on pricing? Or is it the good looks it provides to show off their house? We have a few answers that we believe from our clients’ wants and our experiences that can put your curiosities to rest.

Why Asphalt Shingles?

1. Inexpensive & Easy Installation

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing due to it being inexpensive compared to other roofing materials. Shingles range around from $70-$160 per square foot, while other materials such as clay tiles range from $300-$600 and metal ranging from $120-$900. Not only that asphalt shingles are inexpensive, their installation is a lot simpler than the other materials. The easiness of installation is what helps keep the pricing lower than others.

2. Design Options and Structural Flexibility

While shingles may be a cheaper alternative, their design and flexibility is another factor in its popularity. Asphalt shingles come in many different colors that can match your theme of your house. From a vast range of pallets, other roofing materials only provide few options on aesthetics.

Shingle flexibility is another factor when it comes to consideration. Their ability to be flexible on different rooftops allow it to be the main material for roofs as tiles and metal plates do not have that luxury to be as versatile.

3. Fire Resistant

Ever thought about a fire that may hit your roof? Fires may happen unexpectedly through electrical wiring near roofing. Leakage may be a factor that can conduct the electrical wiring. With asphalt shingles, the material itself can be Grade A fire resistant. If a fire ever breaks out, its resistance can allow you to evacuate safely without having the roof crashing down.

Why Not Asphalt Shingles?

1. Lack of Durability

Although asphalt shingles may seem superior to other roofing materials, the end results depend on the customer’s wants and needs. When it comes to durability, shingles are lacking in that department. Shingles will need to be checked up on every 15-20 years for maintenance. Compared that to clay tiles and metal sheets, which can last over 50 years for clay tiles and around 40 years for metal sheets.

2. Not Suitable for Windy Conditions

If you live in a windy state, shingles may not be your preferable choice. Strong winds may uplift the shingles loosening up your roof. Worse case scenario, strong winds can tear your roof completely.

3. Susceptible to Moss and Mildew

Shingles are susceptible to moss and mildew ONLY if they do not retain any sunlight. If you live in a cloudy state that knows no sunlight, then shingles may be a second choice when it comes to roofing.

Are Asphalt Shingles For You?

Ultimately, the deciding factor is up to you whether or not to go through with shingles. Inexpensive, looks, and fire resistant are great advantages to have. Although, you will have to consider where you currently live to consider wind damages and lack of sunlight.

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