Learning About Roofing Services

Why Choosing An Asphalt Roof Still Makes Sense

If you've been shopping for a new roof recently, you've likely been attracted to the myriad of newer roofing materials on the market, things like metal roofing and composite shingles. However, asphalt roofing is still the most popular type of roofing material in the United States. The reasons for this are many, not the least of which is its affordable price.

Benefits of choosing asphalt roofing

1. Price. Asphalt shingles remain the most affordable type of roofing material. The average cost of an asphalt shingle roof is $5,000. That compares to more than $12,000 for a metal roof. Though asphalt shingles generally don't last as long as some other roofing materials, the cost is still sufficiently less to make asphalt shingles a good value.

2. Versatility. Asphalt shingles come in a rainbow of colors, everything from traditional black to green to mauve to blue. There's something to coordinate with most any design taste and architectural style.

3. Easy installation. Asphalt shingles are also one of the easiest roofing materials to install. A typical installation takes just one to two days, compared to up to a week for a metal roof installation. Less time spend on installation will also help you save money on the installation cost.

4. Recyclable. Asphalt shingles are almost 100 percent recyclable. When they've reached the end of their useful life on your roof, they can be recycled to make asphalt road material.

5. Durable enough. While asphalt shingles don't last as long as some other roofing materials like slate or tile, the average asphalt shingle roof will last between 12 and 15 years. That's longer than most homeowners stay in their homes.

6. Lightweight. Asphalt shingles are lighter than many other roofing materials. That means that you likely won't have to reinforce your home's structural beams to support an asphalt roof as may be necessary when you choose a metal, slate or tile roof.

7. Low maintenance. Asphalt shingles require very little maintenance to keep them looking attractive. They don't have to be resealed periodically like cedar shingles do and aren't subject to be dented by hail stones like metal roofing can be. The only maintenance necessary for an asphalt roof to replace the occasional shingle that may get blown off in a storm.

While asphalt shingles may not be the right choice for every homeowner, this type of roofing material is affordable, versatile, easy to install and even recyclable. Contact a team of roofing specialists for more information.