The most common type of roofing for residential homes are Asphalt Shingles. There are many reasons why asphalt shingles are so popular including ease of replacement, too low material costs.
Before you go ahead and choose asphalt shingles, there are a few things to consider. Every roofing material has their pros and cons to look at before you make a big investment into your home. Your home is an asset and being aware of your roofing could potentially save you money in the long run.
Pros of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt Shingles are readily available at an affordable price.
Easy to remove and install. (keeps your costs lower)
Very versatile shingle that adapts well to many applications.
Great for steep roofing.
Do not require special edging, wall terminations, vent flushings, chimneys and more. (simple and easy)
Durable to the elements.
Can be walked on without damaging.
Lightweight and strong.
Fit most Residential roofing systems
Come in a variety of prices, colors, and sizes depending on application.
Fire Protection (for certain brands/types, ask a specialist)
Repairs are relatively easy to do with Asphalt Shingles.
Cons of Asphalt Shingles
Prone to wind damage – High winds can cause your shingles to be lifted from the rooftop and be torn and damaged.
Depending on color, Asphalt shingles can transfer solar heat to your home. They can also be damaged by too much heat.
Mold & Mildew – This is caused by excessive moisture or pooling in the shaded areas of your roof. This can damage shingles and underlayment causing leaks.
There are different types and quality of shingles, but the Asphalt type roofs are long lasting anywhere from 15-30 years
Hiring a Contractor Who Does it Right
If you are in need of a new roof, you are in need of an expert roofing contractor who will get the job done right the first time and not take any shortcuts.
An asphalt shingle roof is a great way to go for longevity, cost-saving, ease of install & repair, and versatility. Color, size, lack of need of extra hardware also make these an attractive offer.
Hire a contractor who will give you an honest evaluation to start. You don’t want to be sold a roof, you want to buy a roof because you need one. Your money is important to you, so don’t be swindled by a smooth pitch. Check for quality and workmanship guarantees as well as possible warranties. Finally, don’t get hung up on price. A roof is a long term investment for your home, spend a little more now to ensure you’re getting the best roof possible for your buck.
Other Options to Consider
Asphalt shingle roofing is by far the most popular style of roofing for residential roofing. Depending on where you live, the type of climate and type of weather you get, the sun exposure, you may want to look at different options.
Options may vary depending on supplies and availability, and even on contractor ability. Other options include, but are not limited to; TPO, Metal Roofing, Rubber Slate, Green Roofs, and even Cement. There are other options, but these are the most popular.
As always, check with your local contractor first, go over your options, and invest in your future with the knowledge to make the right choices.