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Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

Posted on: July 17, 2015

When it comes to roofing material that is low-maintenance, durable, and inexpensive, there is perhaps nothing better than asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles are sold in variety of colors, textures, and thicknesses, and are typically used on single homes, sloped roofs, and small residential projects. Similarly, asphalt shingles are categorized into two types, organic and fiberglass, based upon the physical composition of the asphalt. Organic shingles are composed of paper with an asphalt coating, which serves to waterproof the shingles. While fiberglass asphalt shingles on the other hand, in addition to being waterproof, are a better protection against fire than organic asphalt shingles.

If you are considering using asphalt shingles for your roof, make sure you familiarize yourself with both the pros and cons of using such a material before making your decision. It is also recommended that you consult a professional roofer, such as San Jose Roofing, in order to get the best results for your roofing project.

Benefits of Using Asphalt Shingles

  • Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install and labor costs associated with installation are comparatively low, a knowledgeable homeowner can even install the shingles themselves.
  • Lightweight, which is ideal because it means that you do not need additional structural support for the roof’s construction
  • Latest materials are made to be mold and mildew resistant, also made in sophisticated layered look, complete with a sealant, which adds unique aesthetic appeal.
  • The lifespan of asphalt shingles is also relatively longer than most other roofing materials.
  • Low annual maintenance.

Disadvantages of Using Asphalt Shingles

  • Sudden weather changes or extreme variations in temperature can potentially cause the asphalt shingles to decay or expand and crack, which could become a big deal if the damage is left unattended for too long.
  • Similarly, if your home’s attic has poor ventilation, this could affect the durability and lifespan of the shingles.
  • Installing the asphalt shingles under cold weather conditions could easily cause damage.
  • A cheaper grade of asphalt shingles runs the risk of being picked up and torn off by strong wind gusts.

Whatever material you decide to invest in for the roof of your home, the professionals at Yorkshire Roofing are here to help you install your new roof or repair any issues your existing roof may have.

Give us a call today to find out how we can help you!

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