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The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

September 17, 2020
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If you're building or buying a new home, or looking to replace the roof in your current home, you're probably wondering how to know when it's time to replace your roof, and what is the best roofing option for you.  

As you likely know, there are various options for roofing materials to choose from for your home, such as asphalt shingles, tile, and metal. 

When you're in the market for a new roof, your best bet is to speak to a qualified roofing contractor that can help you understand the pros and cons of each roofing option.

In this article, we will break down some pros and cons of asphalt shingles to help you determine if it's the best option for your new roof.

The Benefits of Asphalt Shingles

Nearly 70% of roofs in the United States are made of asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles are incredibly popular for several reasons. 

Below we'll go over some of these reasons and why so many people use asphalt shingles on their homes.

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They're Affordable

The first thing any homeowner thinks about is the price.

By choosing an affordable roofing material like asphalt shingles, you will instantly slash your project's costs and can invest that money into other home projects. 

Asphalt shingles are almost always the most economical option for roofing projects.

If you're looking at different roofing materials, like metal, you need to weigh all the pros and cons of metal roofing if you're looking at prices.  Comparing the costs of different roofing materials can help you better gauge what you're willing to pay and the quality of products you'll be getting. 

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They're Effective

No one wants to purchase a roof or anything else for their home that doesn't serve its purpose well, no matter how much money you will save. 

That's what makes the price point of asphalt shingle roofing so attractive.

Asphalt shingles are a useful roofing material that serves its purpose well.

Asphalt shingles stand up to the elements and keep you safe and dry, and they won't break the bank.

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They're Traditional

If you're looking for the "white picket fence" traditional look for your home, asphalt shingles are just what you need.

Asphalt shingle roofing have long been one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States.

Many homeowners want a more traditional look. They aren't quite ready for metal roofing or the other modern roofing options available.

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There's a Variety

Most people usually have a particular style in mind when they think about asphalt shingles, but the reality is that asphalt shingle roofing comes in a wide variety of options. 

Black and brown are the most popular and traditional choices, but colors like blue, red, and green are also available. 

As well as choosing the colors that complement your home, you can also select the shape and style that you think will look best and boost the curbside appeal of your home. 

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They're Easily Installed

If you're worried about the labor charges to have your shingles installed, you'll be happy to know that asphalt shingle roofing is relatively easy to install.

Asphalt shingles are much easier to handle than heavy tile roofing or large pieces of metal roofing. 

They can also be installed quickly and easily by a professional.

The ease of installation will help you save on labor costs when your new roof is being installed.

With the installation being easier, it will also help keep the project timeline shorter than another roofing material like metal or tile. 

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Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in Ohio.

They're Easily Replaced

When asphalt shingle roofing is correctly installed, it should last for many years. 

Still, the shingles can sometimes be damaged by issues that are out of your control, like a strong storm, hail or high wind. 

If bad weather damages just a couple of your shingles, you can have only the damaged shingles replaced. 

With other roofing options, such as traditional metal roofing, this isn't really possible, and entire sections will have to be replaced.

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They Won't Rust

Metal roofing can rust, particularly in coastal areas where it is exposed to saltwater. 

Fortunately, you won't have to worry about your asphalt shingles rusting or corroding.

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The Cons of Asphalt Shingles

Just like other roofing materials, asphalt shingles have their pros as well as cons.

There are many advantages to choosing asphalt shingles for your home. Still, there are some disadvantages you should need to consider.

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They Aren't The Most Durable Option

When you invest in something, you want to be sure it will last for a long time.

So investing in a roofing material that will last for many years to come only makes sense.

This will save you a lot of money and hassle in the future. 

Asphalt shingle roofing is typically long-lasting.

If your roof is installed correctly and maintained, it should last for about 20 years.

On the other hand, metal roofing is often warrantied for up to 50 years and can last for 60 years or more.

Tile roofs can also last twice as long as an asphalt shingle roof.

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They Can Be Damaged By High Winds

High winds can be a significant concern for many homeowners. 

There is the obvious concern of being prepared for strong thunderstorms, high winds, or tornadoes throughout Ohio. 

Asphalt shingles can be damaged or ripped off your roof during periods of high winds, which is something to be aware of. 

If you notice that a recent storm has caused your roof to lose shingles, it is important to contact a roofing contractor for a thorough inspection.  They'll help you with the insurance claim and make sure that your roof is repaired quickly. 

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They Can Have Mildew Issues

If you don't pay close attention, mildew can grow and spread on your asphalt shingles, especially in shaded areas. 

That's why it's crucial to have your roof inspected and cleaned from time to time. 

This occasional cleaning can help keep the mildew at bay and prevent your roof from being damaged.

You should avoid doing it too frequently, though, if you want to avoid damaging your asphalt shingles or shortening their lifespan.

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TK Roofing And Gutters Have The Widest Variety Of Asphalt Shingles

They Aren't Very Energy Efficient

Some roofing options are going to be more energy-efficient than other options. 

Replacing an older asphalt shingle with new ones can help you make your home more energy-efficient.

But, in general, asphalt shingles aren't the most energy-efficient option. 

If you're looking for an energy-efficient roofing option, an inspection from a certified roofing company can give you the best options to help keep your energy costs down. 

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Contact TK Roofing Today

For the most part, many homeowners find asphalt shingles to be a nice balance between affordability and functionality, and the pros outweigh the cons. 

After reviewing the pros and cons, you may decide that asphalt shingles are just what you and your family are looking for. 

To make sure that you get the best asphalt shingles with the widest range of design options contact TK Roofing and Gutters. 

We can help you choose the right asphalt shingle that will fit your budget and home.

To schedule your Free Inspection and Estimate with one of our certified roofers click on the link below.

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