Pros & Cons of Asphalt Shingles For Your Home

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When it comes to roofing materials, asphalt shingles are the tried-and-true classic. Most residential homes have asphalt shingle roofs installed, and it is a wonderful option for any home.  However, just like any other roofing options, it offers its own set of benefits and drawbacks.  Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of asphalt shingles:


Low Cost: Compared to other options, asphalt shingles are quiet possible the cheapest roofing material on the market.  They are cheap to manufacture, and easy to install, which helps them maintain a relatively low price point.

Longevity: Asphalt shingles lifespans can vary depending on how well you maintain your roof.  On the low end, poorly installed or maintained asphalt shingles could last for as little as 15 years.  However, high-quality, properly installed and maintained asphalt shingles have the potential to last for up to 50 years.  Overall, the average asphalt shingle roof tends to last 20 to 30 years.

Easy Installation: As far as roofing materials go, asphalt shingles tend to be the easiest to install.  If you can find a contractor that installs roofing of any kind, they will  likely install asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles aren’t as fragile as slate, and the installation is simpler than metal roofing, so if you can find a contractor that installs either of those materials, they will almost certainly install asphalt shingles.

Style Options: As far as aesthetics go, asphalt shingles offer a remarkable amount of customization options, with shingles for nearly any budget or style preference that you can imagine. If you have a specific vision in mind for your homes roof, asphalt shingles are your best bet to fulfill your goals for your home.