Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material for a variety of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive, starting at around $0.80 per square foot installed and go up from there. Things that determine cost are geographical location, slope of the roof, height of the building, ease of access to the premises, complexity of the project, the particular type of shingle and numerous other factors. Asphalt shingles are very simple to install enabling many homeowners to do the work themselves. They come in a variety of colors and styles, are fairly durable (some have been tested and have achieved a class IV hail rating – the highest available!), and can be easily repaired and maintained.
Advantages of Asphalt Shingles
- are probably the least expensive type of shingle to install.
- are appropriate for most any style home, especially those with steep-sloped roofs.
- are light and require no structural reinforcement.
- are easy to install or replace because they are easy to cut and fit.
- are weather resistant.
- are low-maintenance and easily walked on during inspections, maintenance, or repair work.
- are not requiring of special accessories for edges or flashings.
- are available in two different types, standard (organic) and laminated (fiberglass), as well as in a variety of colors, brands, degrees of fire resistance, and life-span ratings and warranties.
Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles
- are not very distinctive.
- are not as lasting as slate shingles.
- are easily damaged or blown off by high winds.
- are apt to scar or become otherwise damaged if hot.
- are easily damaged by mildew in shady areas of the roof.
When Do They Need Replaced?
- When they are worn out.
- When they don’t have any more granuals on them.
- When they are damaged (ripped, torn, dented or have holes).
- When you find evidence of leaking inside your home.
- When you want a new color!