The Good and Bad Sides of Asphalt Roof Shingles

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So you are finally moving into a home of your very own? Congrats! This is a huge milestone, whether you are buying, inheriting, or building a house from the ground up. Seriously, good for you!

Now, you are certainly going to face many choices, not least of which will be picking out worthy materials for building, renovation, repair, or improvement. One common trend we noticed is that people get stuck when picking a roofing material. So we had a nice little chat with experts in this business and checked reliable sources online like, and got some pretty neat insights!

The Good

Asphalt roof shingles are quite effective. Considering its comparably low temporal durability, you might not think it, but asphalt roofing is actually a rather effective protection for your home.

True, they may not look all that nice after an onslaught of hail, but they are more than adequate for non-extreme weather conditions, and therefore they are the most cost-effective option for the vast majority of new home builders.

They are affordable. This makes them the single most popular choice in laying roofs, especially in the United States. As long as you make sure that the installation is carried out properly, you will have a good, sound roof over your head for around twelve to seventeen years.

That may sound like a lot, but is actually rather short term in the grand architectural scheme of things. Namely, some other materials, such as slate, clay, metal, or cedar are way more long-lasting than asphalt. For example, Spanish tiles will last you up to seventy years!

However, even though they are significantly inferior in terms of long term protection ability, asphalt roof tiles are much more budget friendly for the average homeowner who does not rent out the property. Click here to learn more about various roofing materials, their pros and cons.

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They are easy to get into place. This fact is another enormous boost to the convenience of the whole idea. Of course, to make sure they are installed properly, you will need a certain degree of skill and it is really best to leave it to the pros. However, the necessary level of special training is far lower than with other types of roofing, and it can all be done in a day or two depending on how big the roof is and whether there are any old shingles that have to be removed before installing the new ones.

They are versatile in terms of aesthetics. This is easily one of its primary selling points in the eyes of “regular users” who are not that well-versed in the technical side of things. Asphalt shingles come in two basic varieties: organic asphalt and fibreglass asphalt. The organic type is actually a mat, made from some scrap wood byproduct (usually waste paper), coated in asphalt for the sake of making it waterproof. The fibreglass variety is a thin mat of glass fibres, again coated in asphalt for waterproofing purposes.

Both of these types are available in 3-tab and architectural styles. The 3-tab style is by far the more affordable option, but it looks remarkably basic. The architectural ones are more aesthetically valuable because their varying patterns and tones produce interesting 3D effects. They can even be made to mimic the appearance of slate or wood. Moreover, they are not as vulnerable to wind uplift as 3-tabs, so they are more weatherproof on the whole.

The Bad

You might think the ugliest bit is that pesky moss that always pops up, but you can always just apply moss removers. Here are some tips on that:

The major downsides of asphalt as a roofing material are a consequence of production and climate. Not all asphalt shingles are produced at the same quality, so you have to choose carefully.

They will fade and crack in extreme heat, get damaged easily if you install them at below freezing temperature, and temperature fluctuations make them expand and contract, causing them to crack easily.

Finally, asphalt roofing is not eco-friendly, being petroleum in semi-solid form. Its production releases greenhouse gasses and devours energy, so many people are choosing metal roofs instead.

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