05 Oct

Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

Categories: Roofing Styles

Asphalt Shingles Frisco TX You may be wondering why asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing materials being used on residential properties. While this is a case of the pros outweighing the cons, below are a few good to know facts about asphalt shingles and why they might be the best roofing option for your home.

The Good: Pricing, Color, Shape, & Ease of Installation

At around a dollar a square foot, asphalt shingles are one of the most least expensive roofing materials available. Other roofing materials, such as clay or slate tiles, metal roofs, and wood shakes and shingles, are easily three times as expensive. Aluminum shingles for example are about $1000 per 100 square feet.

If you want more of a selection of colored roofs to go with your house, asphalt shingles can still be the way to go. With dozens of color shades to choose from, along with a wide variety of shapes and patterns, asphalt shingles give you plenty of options for your new roof.

The ease of installation and its ability to be applied to nearly any style of roof can reduce the labor costs of your new roof. Asphalt shingles are among the lightest of available roofing materials. Therefore, structural integrity is less a concern, making it an option for more roof styles as well.

The Bad: Lifespan, Albedo, & Environmental

Asphalt shingles can have a lifespan from fifteen to thirty years. Although seeming to be a long time, comparably it is the shortest of roofing materials. The reason behind this is due to the asphalt construction itself. Asphalt shingles are most susceptible to the weather. Humid climates cause more organic build up, and ice dams in cold areas put extra wear on your roof. Climates with extreme temperature changes can increase the rate of deterioration as well.

Although the color options offer a nice selection, the albedo, or ability to reflect light, is low on asphalt shingles. This allows more heat to be absorbed that can increase wear and raise your utility bill.

Environmentally, asphalt shingles are on the low end of the green roof scale. Not being recyclable, asphalt shingles constitute 11 billion tons in landfills each year.

If asphalt shingles are the right choice for you, or if you are curious about other roofing materials, feel free to call Peak Roofing & Construction at (972) 335-7325. We are happy to assist you. 

Jeff Riss

Jeff has 20 years of sales experience, a love of roofing, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He leads Peak Roofing & Construction’s team but also is known for getting his hands (and knees) dirty on a job site. His passion for customer service, integrity, and quality craftsmanship drives his success. Peak Roofing & Construction is a family-owned, locally-operated business focused on doing things the right way. His deep understanding of roofing, gutters, windows, fences and exterior painting provide a strong foundation for running the business and serving his customers.

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