Is it time to update your home and replace your roof? A new roof is a significant investment. But with all the options available today, choosing what’s best for your home can be confusing. Here’s a guide to help you determine if you should replace your roof with asphalt shingles or choose another material.
But first, let’s begin with the question, “what are asphalt shingles?”
What are Asphalt Shingles?
Being called asphalt shingles would make you think they are asphalt all the way through. They aren’t. Instead, they consist of either fiberglass or felt paper base coated with a waterproof layer and topped with ceramic granules.
Fiberglass has been a popular product since the 1980s. They’re lighter and less expensive without losing the strength and protection necessary for your roof to protect your home.
Why Replace Your Roof with Asphalt Shingles?
Do you go with what you currently have or opt for something new? Here’s a handy guide with the pros and cons to help you decide.
The Pros of Asphalt Shingles
- Economical. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing option.
- They’re accepted and a proven material that builders know and trust.
- Fiberglass shingles offer excellent fire protection.
- Looks great on most any style home.
- This type of roofing material can last up to 30-years roof in more moderate climates.
- Asphalt shingles come in a wide array of styles and colors, including the three-tab and architectural shingles that mimic shakes and slate.
- No additional support needed beyond standard roof sheathing.
- They have an excellent performance record: Three-tab shingles rated for 60-70 MPH wind uplift. Standard architectural shingles rated for 110 MPH winds. And high-wind shingles rated for 130 MPH.
- Why should you replace your roof with asphalt shingles? Let’s take a look at the pros.
- Easy to repair and cost-effective.
The Cons of Asphalt Shingles
With so many benefits, what could be a reason not to replace your roof with asphalt shingles? Here are a few cons to consider.
- The lifetime cost is higher than metal, tile, or slate because you must replace composition shingles more frequently.
- Cheaper shingles have a lifespan of 10-15 years in hot, sunny climates.
- Susceptible to severe weather. Rapid temperature changes can cause them to crack, and they don’t hold up well to hail.
- Without adequate sunlight, they’re more vulnerable to moss, mildew, and algae.
- They can be heavy, weighing between 200-500 pounds per square.
- They are among the least eco-friendly roofing options. However, the asphalt shingle industry is evolving to be more eco-friendly, and manufacturers are developing ways to find uses for the material, including pavement, new roofing, and road and ground cover.
Overall, asphalt shingles can be a great addition to your home. They’re incredibly easy on the eyes and the wallet!
Do you have questions about what roofing material is best for your home or budget? Contact Perry Roofing Company today. 479.306.4327