When homeowners think of roofs and roofing materials, they think of shingles. Shingles are the number one roofing material in the world! That is because they are affordable, easy to install, and widely available in tons of shapes, colors, and patterns. While all of these perks sounds great, there are drawbacks to asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles roofs have the shortest lifespan of any roofing system, so you will have to get a roof replacement quicker with this type of material. There are some precautions and additional measures like roof coatings you can take that can extend the life of your asphalt roof a little, but it is important to weigh the pros and cons of any roofing system before making such a large investment. For any questions regarding asphalt shingle roofing in Baltimore, MD or the installation or repair of it, call Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. at (410)-288-1633 today.
Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Versatile: Asphalt shingles come in tons of colors and designs. You can get plain squares, scallops, tiles, or completely unique and customized designs.
Affordable: Shingle roofs are the cheapest roofing system available, costing about $20,000 to install.
Quick to Install: Unlike tile or cedar that meticulously has to be placed in the correct position to avoid breaking or future rotting, asphalt shingles are made of felt and fiberglass and quickly nailed to the roof.
Short Lifespan: Because they are made of thinner and cheaper material, asphalt shingle roofs only have a lifespan of 20 years compared to all other roofing systems that have a minimum of 50 years. Most other roofing systems start at around $40,000 though.
Not Energy Efficient: The felt material absorbs heat instead of reflecting it, so your home feels hotter and needs good roof ventilation.
Easily Damaged: Hail and wind easily dent and rip off shingles. Rain creates holes and leads to leaks.