The Advantages and Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

In the US, there really is no more roofing material more recognizable than asphalt shingles. This ubiquitous roofing material is the choice of more homeowners than any other, and there are many reasons for it. However, it is not your only choice.

In fact, there are a number of roofing materials out there for you to choose from, and the one you choose can have a large impact on your roof’s durability and cost. You want a system that will last, protect your home and family, and keep costs down, both of installing it and future repairs. So, before you go with the classic and choose asphalt shingles, let’s take a look at its pros and cons.

The Advantages of Asphalt Shingles

There are benefits to asphalt shingles, as you may guess from the fact they have been chosen by so many homeowners over the years. The benefits include:

  • Asphalt Shingles Are Affordable. Compared to pretty much any other roofing material out there, asphalt shingles are the cheapest. This makes it an easy choice to make for most homeowners on a budget.
  • They Are Easy To Install and Replace. Asphalt shingles are light and require little effort to cut, making installation a breeze. Plus, they don’t require much preparation or any unique tools. This makes installation fast and affordable. Additionally, future repairs are easy and affordable for the same reasons, and one shingle can be replaced at a time. This means that one section can be replaced while leaving others alone.
  • They Fit Most Styles. When you are planning a major design choice for your home, curb appeal probably plays a major role in the decision, particularly if you plan on selling it one day. So, you want a roofing choice that can fit with your home’s overall aesthetic, and often the easiest option is asphalt shingles. These come in a variety of styles, including laminated and three-tab options, making them easy to blend in.

The Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles

Though there are many advantages to asphalt roofing, there are definitely disadvantages that are important to consider. These include:

Asphalt Shingles Are Vulnerable to Wind Damage. Asphalt shingles, particularly cheaper varieties, are vulnerable to being lifted up by powerful winds. This can cause shingles to detach and leave the underpayment exposed to the elements and potential leaks.

They Are Vulnerable To Cracking. Asphalt shingles are light and easily absorb heat leading to expanding under hot temperatures and contracting when they cool down. As the shingle shrink, it sometimes split or crack, leading to extra repairs.

Asphalt Shingles Blend In. Though this roofing material certainly is not likely to damage curb appeal, it certainly does not stand out. Sometimes, it can give your home an exciting new look to upgrade it with a different material.

Asphalt Shingles Are Not the Longest Lasting Option. Asphalt shingles are affordable, but they are light and prone to damage. Simply put, they will not last as long as many other options for roofing materials.

Final Thoughts

Are asphalt shingle roofs worth it? For some homeowners, definitely! However, it is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages and make an educated choice. Many homeowners may benefit from wood shakes or even a metal roofing material that can offer better energy efficiency and greater durability and service life.

Contact Us

For more information on the roofing materials available for your home or to schedule a replacement, contact North Shore Roofing. Our licensed and bonded team has more than thirty years of roofing experience and is ready to help you. Call us at (978) 977-3816 and connect with us on Facebook.