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Asphalt Shingles are one of the most popular and common roofing options available to homeowners.  Most contractors install them which makes it easy to find someone who can work on your home.  However, there are many different roofing options available, and you may be wondering why you should choose asphalt shingles to install on your home. This guide will examine the pros and cons of asphalt roofing to help you figure out if asphalt shingles are the right choice for your home!

Pros

  • Cost: When it comes to cost, there are no other roofing options that can compete with asphalt shingles. There are many different manufacturers who offer asphalt shingles at a variety of different price-points, but in general, when it comes to roofing materials, there are no cheaper options than asphalt shingles.  If you are trying to re-shingle your home on a budget, asphalt shingles are the best option.
  • Ease of Installation: Any contractor that can install a new roof should be able to install asphalt shingles.  They are the tried-and-true classic of roofing materials, and their relative ease of installation reflects that.
  • Style: Since there is a number of manufacturers that offer asphalt shingles, there is a large variety of color and style options.  If you are interested in getting shingles that fit a particular aesthetic vision you have for your homes exterior, asphalt shingles provide you with the best chance to find the color and style you were envisioning.

Cons

  • Environmental Impact: If you are concerned about how green your roof is, there are better options than asphalt shingles.  The construction of asphalt shingles requires the use of fossil fuels, which already isn’t environmentally friendly.  Furthermore, in the United States, there are billions of pounds of asphalt shingles dumped into landfills annually. However, it is possible to recycle shingles and use them in other applications, such as asphalt roads, so there is hope that we find a large-scale application for old asphalt shingles and reduce the environmental impact of asphalt single roofs.
  • Shorter Lifespan: Compared to other roofing options like metal roofing, asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan.  Asphalt shingle roofs are rated to last for 15-30 years on average, with the higher end versions lasting a bit longer.  Other options, like metal, or slate, can last well over 50 years, and if properly maintained, closer to a century.
  • Maintenance: Compared to an option like metal roofing, asphalt shingles require more maintenance.  You will have to check the flashing to ensure that you roof isn’t accruing water damage, as well as scrap debris and moss from your roof.

Have more questions about the pro’s and con’s of asphalt roofing? Interested in receiving an estimate for replacing your roof? Reach out to our team at (781) 879-3406 or by filling out our online contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you today!

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