Asphalt shingles are an excellent choice for roof repair or roof replacement jobs. They are both inexpensive and can come in a large variety of colors. Due to these facts, they have several common uses. Their most common applications are on any sloped roofs, smaller residential projects, and single homes. Not only are asphalt times inexpensive, but they are also quite easy to install and allow for flexibility in the installation process. As technology has advanced, asphalt shingles are now also available with different textures, thickness, and are more resistant to common concerns like mildew, mold, and other fungi. For most homeowners looking to re-roof their house on a budget while maintaining an attractive exterior look and weather resistance of their home, asphalt shingles are perhaps the most plausible and cost-effective solution.
Two Types of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles fall into one of two categories. They are either organic or fiberglass. Organic shingles are made by coating paper with asphalt, which makes the paper waterproof. However, because they are comprised mostly of paper, they can be a fire hazard. Fiberglass shingles are flame retardant and receive treatment with a special resin that also makes them waterproof. The advancement of technology has even allowed for the creation of architectural shingles, which allows for two layers of shingles to be bonded together with a unique sealant, which adds aesthetic charm to the roof by adding a three-dimensional aspect.
The Cost of Shingles
As previously stated, shingles are not expensive. They are cost effective and easy to install. A bundle of shingles may cost around thirty dollars plus tax, or maybe ninety dollars per square. A square is an industrial term for a cluster of shingles that measures one hundred square feet. The price may vary depending on which type of shingle is used. For instance, cedar shingles are known to be more expensive and can cost as much as $300 for a single square. It is also important to remember that not all contractors are the same, and some can be as much as $4.25 for their material and labor.
The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles
While asphalt shingles are cheap and relatively easy to install, they have their fair share of drawbacks. It is essential to know the pros and cons of the product before you make your purchase.
Benefits of Asphalt Shingles
- Economic material: They are relatively cheap compared to other options.
- Easy to install: They allow for quick and easy installation which minimizes the amount of time the job will take.
- Relatively large lifespan: Asphalt shingles can last as long as twenty years.
- Can be easily recycled: Old shingles can be removed and used as by-product for paving.
- Wide variety of colors to choose from: There is a style choice to fit every house.
Drawbacks of Asphalt Shingles
- Can decay during sudden weather changes: They are not the most durable form of roofing and rapidly changing weather can shorten their lifespan.
- Difficult to install in cold weather: Asphalt shingles often rely on heat to activate their adhesive, so installing them during the cold months is difficult.
- Strong winds can generate uplift upon the shingles and damage them: Due to their staggered placement, it is possible for wind to get under a shingle and ruin it.
- Need ventilation: Poor attic ventilation can reduce the shingles’ lifespan.
- Require semi-frequent check-ups: Although they are not high maintenance, they will require some routine check-ups to ensure they are not damaged.
- They are not environmentally friendly: While they are easily recycled, they are not environmentally friendly because they are made out of petroleum.
When weighing the roofing materials options, it can get overwhelming with the infinite mixture of colors, materials, warranties, and manufacturers. But simply put, asphalt shingles are our go-to shingle for most clients because of their longevity and affordability. They do tend to require a bit more maintenance than other roofing materials, but asphalt shingles are a great option for most Georgia homeowners needing a new roof. If your family’s home is in need of roof repair or you have a job that may require the laying of asphalt shingles, contact us. We would be happy to provide you with a prompt and courteous free estimate. Of course, we have the experience and tools necessary to ensure that your roof is completed in a timely and accurate manner, but we hope you will see the difference in our people and our company during your free roofing estimate.