What are the Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingle Roofing



If you’re in the market for a new roof, chances are you’re prepared to do your research. In our last pros and cons blog article, we talked about metal roofing as an option for a quality roofing material. Another great option for roofing is asphalt roofing shingles. Asphalt shingles are a popular choice of roofing material and are very cost-effective. However, like most things, there are pros and cons to consider.



Affordable: Probably the biggest reason why asphalt roofing shingles are so popular is because they are the most affordable roofing option. If properly installed, asphalt shingles will protect your home for an average of 12 to 17 years.

Effective: While not as durable and long-lasting as other roofing materials (such as metal, slate, clay tiles, and cedar shakes) asphalt shingles provide adequate protection. With its moderate protection and a lower price point, most people find shingles are the most cost-effective option.

Variety of colors and styles: There are two types of asphalt shingles: organic and fiberglass. Asphalt coats both types to make them water proof. A fiberglass shingle’s interior is made with a thin mat of glass fiber. Organic shingles are made with a mat fabricated from some kind of wood product, usually waste paper. Both fiberglass and organic shingles come in different styles such as 3-tab, architectural, and premium shingles. The 3-tab shingles are the most basic and inexpensive option. Architectural shingles are slightly more expensive and are more aesthetically pleasing as they often have a 3D effect with varying tones and patterns, and some imitate the look of wood or slate shingles. Also, architectural shingles are more weatherproof as they are less prone to wind uplift than 3-tab shingles.

Easy Installation: While it does take skill to properly install asphalt shingles, they can usually be quickly installed in one to two days, depending on the size of the job and if the old shingles have to be removed first.



The disadvantages of asphalt roofing shingles come down to the quality of the material and the dwindling protection it has in shifting climates.

  • Extreme heat can cause shingles to crack or blister and the color to fade over time. Proper ventilation will help maximize the shingle life.
  • Shingles can be affected by extreme temperature fluctuations. Expanding and contracting may cause brittle shingles to crack.
  • Shingles can become damaged if installed at below freezing temperatures.
  • Asphalt shingles are not environmentally friendly, although some areas do recycle shingles to use for asphalt pavement fillers and several other uses.  Asphalt is a semi-solid form of petroleum so the manufacturing of shingles spends a lot of energy and produces greenhouse gas emissions. Other roofing materials, such as metal roofs are 100% recyclable and much more eco-friendly to produce.


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