Choosing a material for your home’s roof can be challenging. You must weigh several factors like the cost, upkeep, and appearance for a variety of materials to find the one that matches your needs.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing option for American homes, with more than 80% of homes using this material. So, why do so many Americans choose asphalt shingles for their homes?
Asphalt Shingles Are Affordable
Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option for many homeowners. The average cost of materials for an asphalt shingle roof is between $100 and $150 per square (100 square feet), which is significantly lower than other popular options. For example, metal roofing usually costs between $120 and $900 per square and clay tile typically costs between $800 and $1,800 for the same surface area.
In addition to a lower cost for materials, asphalt shingles are typically easier to install than alternatives – which can lead to lower installation costs. Finally, this type of roofing material is lighter than some others, like clay tiles, so it rarely requires additional framing or support before installation. All these factors make asphalt shingles an affordable option for your home’s roof.
Asphalt Shingles Are Low Maintenance
If your home has asphalt shingles, there is very little upkeep compared to alternative roofing materials. All you need to do is get an inspection by an experienced roofer at least once per year and repair any damaged or missing shingles before they lead to permanent roof damage or other structural damage.
Asphalt Shingles Are Available in a Variety of Colors
One reason asphalt shingles are so popular is that they can match nearly any style home. Asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors including shades of red, brown, gray, and black. They also come in a variety of textures and styles, leading to even greater customization to match the style of your home.
Caption: Asphalt shingles are available in a variety of colors.
Asphalt Shingles Are Energy Efficient and Recyclable
When old asphalt shingles are removed from a roof, they can be recycled for a variety of purposes, namely paving projects. In 2014, 1.96 million tons of reclaimed asphalt shingles were used in pavement mixes in the U.S.
Certain types of asphalt shingles contain special granules that work to reflect the sun’s rays. These are sometimes called “cool roofs” because they reduce heat absorption and help keep your home cool. This benefit can be particularly important in subtropical climates as “cool roofs” can reduce dependency on air conditioning. There are also government rebates and tax credits that are available to help offset the cost of installing an energy efficient roof.
Considerations When Choosing an Asphalt Shingle Roof
Asphalt shingles provide many benefits. However, they are not always the right choice for your home. If you have a Mediterranean or Spanish style home, you might prefer the look of an alternative roofing material like tile. Also, some homeowners with Southern style homes find that metal roofs match their desired appearance more than asphalt shingles.
In addition to the aesthetic component, asphalt shingles typically have a shorter lifespan than other materials. Asphalt shingle roofs typically last between 15 and 30 years while metal roofs can last more than 50 years.
Overall, asphalt shingle roofs are an excellent option if you are seeking a material that is cost effective, low maintenance, and energy efficient. Whatever roofing material you decide to use, ensure that it is installed properly by a licensed, bonded, and insured roofing company that is local to your area.
Complete Roofing Can Install, Repair, or Replace Your Asphalt Shingle Roof
Complete Roofing is a licensed, bonded, and insured roofing company with locations, local agents, and local crews on the Mississippi coast, Alabama coast, North Carolina coast, and in the greater New Orleans area. We install, repair, and replace all types of residential roofs and commercial roofs, including asphalt shingles. We also offer no-cost roof inspections so you can ensure that your roof remains safe and attractive for years to come.
When you work with Complete Roofing, you receive outstanding customer service, the highest quality craftsmanship, and your choice of resilient materials. Our friendly customer service team can answer your questions and even take the stress out of filing an insurance claim. In fact, we can usually file your claim for you – from start to finish.
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