Asphalt shingles are widely known as the most popular roofing option for homeowners, and are usually a homeowners go-to roofing material. Asphalt roofing solutions are affordable and have many other benefits, making them a popular choice for many people. Let’s look at some of the pros of Asphalt roofs that make them so popular with homeowners, as well as some cons that have some homeowners choosing different roofing options.
Pros of Asphalt Roofing
Asphalt roofing shingles are among the most economical roofing options available because they are a composite material normally made of asphalt, fiberglass, and other organic materials. Asphalt shingles are also easy to install when compared to other roofing options, and can even be installed overtop of an existing asphalt roof (when it is time to replace the roof). This ability to layer them saves homeowners the labor expense to removing existing shingles.
Asphalt shingles also come in a wide variety of colors to match with any home’s color scheme. In addition to their more simple installation and lower cost, asphalt shingles are also UV and fire resistant, protecting your home from damage from the sun, and stray sparks or flames.
Cons of Asphalt Roofing
Even though asphalt has many pros making it a popular choice, there are some cons which could lead homeowners to choose something else for their roof. Asphalt shingles can be damaged by hail or other extreme weather. Likewise, falling tree branches or other debris can damage shingles and lead to leaks in your roof. Homeowners who live in areas with extreme weather or in a wooded area may choose a different roofing type because the chance of damage is so high.
Another con for some homeowners is the lifespan of an asphalt roof. Asphalt shingles, if installed correctly, can last about twenty years before needing to be replaced. Homeowners who plan to stay in their home long term (20+ years) should consider a longer lasting option.
Asphalt is a popular roofing choice and for many families it is the best solution, while for others there are better options available. If you are in the market for a new roof and are weighing the pros and cons of asphalt shingles, give Alternate Roofing a call today. We are a Baltimore roofing company experienced with all different kinds of roofing, and can help you determine which roofing material is the best fit for your needs, your budget, and your home. Give us a call today to get started!