The #1 roofing material nationwide, asphalt shingles are seemingly everywhere. Keep reading and find out why you’ll definitely choose them too!
Why are Asphalt Shingles so Popular?
Whether you’re in the early stages of building your dream house or thinking about replacing your current roof, you’ve probably wondered about the different roofing materials available on the market. As we’ve mentioned before, asphalt shingles are the most sought-after. You’ll find them on roughly 80% of American households!
Here at Refined Home Services, we have been using and recommending them throughout our 30 years of roofing experience.
With every asphalt shingle roof we’ve repaired or replaced, we’ve learned firsthand all the reasons why it’s the most popular choice – and why you’ll probably choose it too. Keep reading to find 5 Benefits of Asphalt Shingles!
1. Versatile materials
Asphalt shingles come in different textures, sizes and colors, so you can choose to give your house a distinctive look by mimicking the appearance of more expensive materials, like wood or slate, thus increasing your home’s curb appeal.
Asphalt shingle colors can be used to emulate other roofing materials.
They are essentially divided into three types, with varying textures, functions and costs:
Three-tab asphalt shingles
Also known as “strip shingles,” they get their name from the three strips attached to each shingle. Since they’re made out of a single layer of asphalt, they lay flat and are usually the cheapest options.
Dimensional asphalt shingles
A bit of an upgrade from the 3-tab type, dimensional asphalt shingles (also known as dimensional or laminated shingles) are manufactured with two or more layers of asphalt fused together, which give them a multi-dimensional appearance, emulating other roofing materials, such as wood shake or natural slate.
Luxury asphalt shingles
As their name suggests, luxury asphalt shingles are the highest quality laminated shingles available on the market, as they offer a distinctive look and enhanced functionality that sets them apart from the rest. They are larger, offer extra weather protection and resemble wood shake or quarried slate roofing.
This makes asphalt shingles a creative and versatile option when it comes to the design of your house, as you can aim for a distinguished look even with a smaller budget, which leads us to our next reason to choose them.
2. Affordable and available!
Asphalt shingles are known for being the cheapest roofing material, with an average cost of $175 per square installed. Prices may vary depending on a number of factors, so don’t hesitate to contact us for a free and updated quote at any time.
Moreover, this material is widely available everywhere, which means you won’t have to worry about shortages or hardware stores running out of them if you ever need to replace your roof. Which shouldn’t be a problem, as we’ll see in our next reason.
Asphalt shingles have quite a decent lifespan. As you’ll find, most of them come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty. Under the right conditions, like proper ventilation and a professional installation, you can expect around 80% of that lifespan, or about 22 years on average.
Furthermore, asphalt shingles are quite resistant to a lot of different weather conditions, such as heavy rain, snow or high temperatures, which means that they’re an ideal roofing choice regardless of where you live in the US.
4. Lightweight and easy to install
One of the best advantages of asphalt shingles is that they add very little weight to the roof, which means they won’t need additional framing for support. Classic materials like clay tiles or slate add extra weight to the roof, so they need additional structures to support them, which increases the time and cost of installation.
On the contrary, asphalt shingle installation is easier, quicker, and leaves less room for error – provided you are working with a professional roofing company like Refined Home Services.
Asphalt shingles are easier to install and maintain than other roofing materials.
They also require minimal maintenance compared to other materials, although it’s always advisable to perform an inspection periodically to see if you need to remove debris or locate and replace worn-out shingles to avoid further problems like leaks or mold, thus enhancing the lifespan of your roof.
5. Recycle and repurpose
As we are moving into a more eco-conscious era, it’s important to change our mindset and start making informed decisions about the resources we use and discard. Fortunately, asphalt shingles can actually be recycled and repurposed into an additive for hot-mix asphalt used in paving projects like public roads, driveways and parking lots.
Still unsure about choosing asphalt shingles for your roof?
At Refined Home Services, we’ve worked with many roofing materials and know the many benefits of asphalt shingles. We can help you find the perfect roofing materials for your style and budget. Don’t hesitate to contact us as we’re happy to discuss your roofing needs and the many options available for improving your home. We’re here for you!