What Should Your Next Roof Be? – Part 1: Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have been around since the early 1900s and have remained one of the most popular roofing materials since then. This is why it’s not uncommon to see homes around your own using asphalt shingles. In fact, you might have the very same thing installed on your roof. Why use the same roofing material then? Just because you’re looking for a new roof doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to change your roof, especially if you’re after value for your money.

What can asphalt shingles offer you?

Aesthetic Appeal. There are two types of asphalt shingles: three-tab and architectural. Three-tab shingles, as their name suggests, appear like three tabs but are actually just one piece installed. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, are the more attractive counterpart of three-tab shingles, made without cutouts but laminated with an extra layer of asphalt to give it more contour and dimension. They both come in a wide range of colors to complement your home’s existing scheme but can also be made to mimic other roofing materials, like wood shakes, slate or tile.

High Performance. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers’ Association, asphalt shingles have a 100-year proven track record in the U.S. This roofing material wouldn’t have lasted that long in the industry if it did not perform well, meaning that asphalt shingles are durable, resistant to fire and wind uplift, and leads to few leak problems. Generally, asphalt shingles can be expected to last 20 to 40 years, depending on the manufacturer, although it is not unheard of for the roofing material to have a lifespan of over 50 years, especially when the roof is properly maintained.

Ease of Installation and Maintenance. Asphalt shingles are lightweight so they are easy to handle. However, they remain tough, withstanding the elements without a lot of upkeep. To keep asphalt shingles in great shape, you’ll just need to schedule an annual routine inspection.

Cost-Effectiveness. Given the advantages they offer and their cost, asphalt shingles offer incredible value for your money. Even when sticking to a budget is not a major concern of theirs, homeowners find that opting for asphalt roofing materials allows them to make the most out of every dollar they spent.

It may have been over a century since asphalt shingles were first used but they are standing strong as a roof replacement option today. When it comes to value, this roofing option can’t be beat.

In the next part of this blog series, you’ll be learning about another material to consider for your next roof. Stay tuned for more on metal roofing!