Asphalt Shingles; Affordable & Durable

Asphalt Shingles; The affordable and durable roofing material. 

Look, asphalt shingles aren’t the flashiest roofing material on the market. Your neighbors’ jaws won’t be dropping in awe when they walk by your home, and if your home were in a blockbuster movie, asphalt shingles would not be the star. 

But trust us. Asphalt shingles are a product that doesn’t seek the limelight. They quietly do their job, protecting more homes in the U.S. than any other type of roofing material on the market. Today, our roofing experts will review an efficient and affordable roofing option that any homeowner should consider for their home. 

The Material

Before the advancements in materials, asphalt shingles were manufactured with a base layer comprised of organic materials. Now asphalt shingles have an improved fiberglass base mat coated with asphalt, drastically improving their waterproofing characteristics and overall strength.


Cost

Thought to be a “Budget Selection” among the roofing materials, asphalt shingles offered by various manufacturers have several options to choose from, some of which can drive up the overall cost. 

When you start to receive bids for your roof replacement, roofing companies will quote your roof by the “square.” If you’re unsure what the means, 1-square represents a 10-foot-square section of roofing, meaning 100 square feet. Your typical asphalt shingle material will cost between $125 - $175 per square. Still, some manufactures have started offering asphalt shingles with multiple layers of materials for a more prominent visual effect and a more durable product, which can drive up the cost. 

It’s also important to remember that other factors need to be considered when understanding your roof replacement cost besides the materials used. Your roof’s total square footage (typically larger than the home’s footprint because of its slope), other variables like the pitch, access, and in some cases, the existing material used and removal of said material all play a part in a roof replacements overall total cost. In 2019, the average-sized home (2,500 to 3,000 square feet or 25 to 30 squares) in the U.S. had a comprehensive cost range between $7,500 to $13,500 for homeowners.

More Options & More Savings

With more manufacturers offering multiple lines of asphalt shingles to replicate the look of real wood shake or natural slate, there is no short supply of the different styles, colors, and textures for on the market for homeowners.

Now, at Robey Roofing, we believe there is no real substitute for a natural slate or wood shake roof. Still, if you’re looking for an affordable roof replacement that can generate the same visual effect at a fraction of the cost, asphalt shingles are the popular choice.

Affordable and Durable. 

Asphalt shingles’ life expectancy has been increasing over the years. Having them properly installed by a fully licensed and insured roofing company, you can expect your asphalt shingle roof replacement to last you 30+ years. Some more affordable varieties are offering less and upgraded options providing 40- and 50-year lifespans with warranties. And, now some manufacturers even offer lines that have a limited lifetime warranty. 

Pros

Cons

Asphalt shingles (aka Composition) offer many advantages over other roofing materials on that market, which have led to their increasing popularity with American homeowners and builders alike, including:  The advantages outweigh the disadvantages, which why there is no surprise that asphalt shingles are the most popular roof replacement material chosen. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of the few cons asphalt shingles hold before making that decision.
  • Affordability
  • Speedy installation process
  • Superb fire rating
  • Great durability and strength
  • Various colors, sizes, and textures to choose from
  • Extreme temperature changes; Asphalt shingles don’t handle big jumps in temperature variations like other roofing materials, such as a metal-seam roof.
  • Some manufacturers have begun to offer homeowners a “green” material option for their roof replacement. Still, as of now, the majority of asphalt shingles are not considered to be a “green” product.
  • Asphalt shingles have gotten a lot better at replicating that real natural material such as slate, wood, or clay. However, they are still a manufactured composition product that can’t match their durability exactly.

More affordable for more home projects.

Think about it, when was the last time you looked at your roof? Or even thought about it. Well, believe it or not, your home’s roof material is just as essential as your siding, gutters, or other exterior selections.

So, if a roof replacement isn't the only home improvement project on your list, don't spend a fortune on something that you might never look at again for another decade or two. Spend your money wisely and choose the affordable option- asphalt shingles, and save some money for those other home improvement projects on your list.

Overall

Simply put, asphalt shingles like ones manufactured by CertainTeed, GAF, or Atlas are the most popular and affordable roofing material in the United States, while they may not be the flashiest options, they rarely disappoint. So, if you’re in the market for a roof replacement that fits your home’s style and does its job, the choice is simple- asphalt shingles

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