Asphalt shingles have long reigned supreme as the most popular roofing material in North America. However, with so many other roofing materials on the market, you may be wondering why asphalt shingles have remained in high demand for such a long period of time. If you are curious to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks that asphalt shingles can offer your home, take a look at our blog for more information!
One of the biggest reasons that asphalt shingles are so popular is that they are the cheapest roofing option available. If you are interested in replacing your home’s roof on a budget, asphalt shingles are your best option.
If you are interested in installing a roofing material that can fit any aesthetic style, asphalt shingles are arguably the best option. Asphalt shingles are highly customizable because there are so many asphalt shingle manufacturers producing them. With so many different manufacturers, it is easy to find any color, or style of asphalt shingles.
If you can find a contractor that installs roofing of any kind, there is a very good chance that they know how to install asphalt shingles. Easier to install than slate, metal, rubber, or most other roofing materials, it is generally easy to find a contractor who knows how to install an asphalt shingle roof. Furthermore, if your contractor ever goes out of business, having an asphalt shingle roof means that it will be easy to find another contractor who can help with maintenance.
Asphalt shingles stand up well to the elements, and are resistant to breaking, cracking, warping, which makes them a reliable option for protecting your home. While they are not as durable as slate roofing, they are a decent option that you can install at a relatively low price point.
The manufacturing of asphalt shingles requires the use of fossil fuels. Asphalt is a semi-solid petroleum product, which makes it an unsustainable roofing option from an environmental standpoint. Furthermore, while some roofing options may have a less than environmentally friendly manufacturing process, such as metal, they are completely recyclable at the end of their lifespan. While asphalt shingles should be recyclable in theory, in practice they account for an enormous portion of the United State annual waste, with some estimates placing the number as high as 5%.
Asphalt shingles don’t perform well in extreme heat. The heat can cause shingles to crack and fade. Furthermore, if your climates temperature fluctuates significantly, from freezing nights to scorching days, you may have issues with your asphalt shingles holding up to the temperature changes. It can also be difficult to install asphalt shingles during cold conditions.
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