Asphalt shingles are still the most popular roofing material in North America, despite the traction that other materials are gaining. While more homeowners these days are going with a metal roof replacement, most homeowners still prefer to stick with their beloved asphalt shingles.
So, why are asphalt shingles still the undisputed choice? Read about their advantages to find out:
Asphalt shingles are not all about the low cost, but their reasonable price tag is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons behind their popularity. There are other roofing materials out there that might look better, last longer and perform better, but it’s hard to argue with the price of asphalt shingles. They cost only a fraction of the price of slate, tile and other materials.
Easy to Install
Whether it’s a single-family home roof replacement project or multi-family rehabs, installing asphalt shingles is often easier than with other materials. It’s also more quickly torn off when it’s time to replace it. It’s possible to replace an asphalt shingle roof in one to two days.
Asphalt shingles are available in different colors and styles. This makes it an easy choice for any homeowner, regardless of the style of the house. There are shingles that mimic other materials, including wood shakes, slate and even tile. You can also go with regular-looking shingles. Choose colors that keep your home cool or hues that help attract warmth. You can even get shingles with algae protection and impact resistance.
Modern shingles have ultraviolet (UV) protection to prevent heat transfer that makes the home too warm. UV rays also quicken the deterioration of the shingles. A professionally installed asphalt shingle roof can reduce the home’s carbon footprint as it helps prevent heat from making the home too hot, which leads to your AC working harder and using more energy.