Some homeowners just assume that when they build a new house they'll be using asphalt shingles for the roof, but that's by no means the only option. Slate, metal, tile, and even wood shingles roofs are also obtainable, so why should you feel stuck with the default option? In case you're wondering what's so great about asphalt shingles, here are some of their pros and cons.

Pros

  • Inexpensive

Asphalt shingles are flooding the market, and roofing contractors vie with one another to offer the most affordable installations. This has driven the price down considerably, so if you're looking for a budget-friendly roof asphalt shingles can certainly offer you that.

  • Options

Asphalt shingles come in many varieties, catering to a variety of styles and differing project needs. For example, you can obtain organic asphalt shingles, which are a more durable sort, or fiberglass ones, which are more fire-resistant. Color, texture, and thickness options are also numerous, which can make for an overwhelming shopping experience but one that's almost certain to yield the exact specifications you need.

  • Easy to find

Because they're so common, these shingles are much easier and less complicated to source than a more interesting type of roofing such as slate or copper.

  • Relatively easy to install

Any roofing contractor can install these shingles for you, or you can even train yourself to do the installation (if you're willing to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong). This is a much less frustrating situation than being at the mercy of the only specialist in town who's trained in some obscure type of roof installation.

Cons

  • Susceptible to weather

Both extreme cold and extreme heat can harm these shingles. The freeze-thaw cycle can cause them to crack. However, they can fare even worse in extremely hot weather, which can cause both cracking and fading.

  • Require regular maintenance

This type of roofing isn't one you can install and forget about. You'll need to provide regularly scheduled maintenance and, ideally, have it checked occasionally by a roofing repair professional to make sure it stays in good condition.

  • Produce greenhouse gases

Unfortunately, the processes used to create roofing shingles are not environmentally friendly. In addition, shingle packaging creates a considerable amount of waste, and any time you replace the roof, your used shingles are likely to end up in the landfill, where they will remain indefinitely.  

For more information, contact HomeTowne Roofing or a similar company.

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