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Big Creek Roofing Tip: Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles


January 4, 2017

When you’re in the market for a new roof, you may decide to stay with the same type of roofing material that is currently on your house, however, there are several residential roofing material options to choose from. If you’re looking for the most cost effective product, asphalt shingles are the best choice. Asphalt shingles for residential roofs are a popular roofing choice due to the practical and aesthetic advantages of the material. If you are interested in having a new roof installed, read more about the pros and cons of the asphalt shingle below.

Pros of Using Asphalt

Appearance

Asphalt roofing shingles are remarkably attractive when installed. They lay low on the roof, and complete a dark pattern on your roof when finished. Asphalt is also one of the most versatile materials available. For instance, the shingles come in a diverse range of styles, shapes, patterns, and colors. The extensive list of options will help you to determine which asphalt shingle style is most conducive for your home.


Affordability

Many people choose asphalt for their roof because asphalt shingles are very cost-effective. Asphalt shingles are generally more affordable than other options due to the material and the quick installation process. Your local roofing expert can install the asphalt shingles quickly and effectively. This is especially beneficial if you are looking for a high-quality roof in a short amount of time and for a reasonable price. Additionally, the these shingles can help increase the value of your home. This can save you money in the long run, for the increased property value usually outweighs the cost of having the shingles installed.

Cons

Weather Damage

After a heavy storm, you will need to ensure that your shingles are not damaged. Call a roofing expert for help as this can be a difficult job. A potential disadvantage of asphalt roofing is that the shingles can incur damage from extreme weather and wind. Although the roofs can withstand storms, certain intense conditions can dent, crack, loosen, or dislodge shingles.

Not as Environmentally Friendly

Because asphalt shingles are a petroleum based product and very dark in color, they aren’t as environmentally friendly as other roofing materials like recycled metal or a white colored roof. Their color absorbs heat causing you to need more air conditioning in the summer months. Learn more about sustainable roofing options.

Heat Exposure

Asphalt roofs are susceptible to heat in hotter and sunnier climates. The constant exposure to the sun and the frequent absorption of heat can damage the roofing materials. As a result, you should periodically have your local roofing company inspect your shingles for heat damage and replace any impaired shingles.

Contact Big Creek Roofers to install your ideal residential roof. Our expert staff has over 15 years of experience and is revered for providing superior roofing services and for satisfying customers all throughout the Denver area. We can handle any of your roofing needs, we have access to the best products available, and we would be happy to customize and install shingles that can enhance the appearance of your home. Call us today at 303-877-8369.
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