Asphalt shingles are, without a doubt, the most popular roofing choice for today’s homeowners. If you’ve wondered why, read on as local roofing company Barnett Roofing discusses the four things that homeowners expect from asphalt shingle roofs.
1. Durability. While the same can be said of most types of roofing systems, there’s no question that asphalt shingle roofs, when properly built and installed, are among the most durable. Even its simplest iteration — traditional three-tab asphalt shingles — have expected life spans of up to 20 years. More complex systems feature laminate shingles and high wind, fire and impact ratings that further improve durability, with a corresponding increase in expected life spans.
2. Affordability. Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most cost-effective roofing systems, making them more affordable for a greater number of homeowners. It’s important to note that despite being budget-friendly, they’re far from cheap: a well-built asphalt shingle roof can last for decades. You can choose from a wide range of options that suit your budget, from the aforementioned three-tab asphalt shingles to exclusive products offered by major roofing manufacturers.
3. Aesthetic versatility. Thanks to modern manufacturing methods, asphalt shingles are available in virtually any color and style. If you are going for a specific color palette or look, you’re more likely to achieve it with asphalt shingles. One of the most popular asphalt shingle types, architectural shingles, are laminate shingles with offset edges that mimic the look of wood shakes. That is just one option out of many: some manufacturers offer asphalt shingles that mimic slate, tile, even scalloped or fish-scale shapes. With asphalt shingles, you’re much closer to achieving the home exterior exactly as you want it.
4. Easy installation. You’re not expected to install your own roof, but the relatively simple installation process makes asphalt shingles the ideal roofing system when a short timeline is a necessity. The same goes for repairs, which means recovery from a storm-damaged roof can take less time.