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Asphalt Shingles: Pros and Cons

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This week we are taking an in depth look at the pros and cons of asphalt shingles.  While we will try to cover the basics of the pros and cons of asphalt shingles, this is not a comprehensive list.

For simplicity, we broke down the post into 4 categories: Installation, Environment, Cost and Aesthetics

 

Installation:

Cons:     Improper nailing can cause a variety of issues.

Some issues include curling shingles, bubbling, fish mouthing and loose shingles.

Pros:      Shingles are quick and easy to install (a labor cost saver).

Asphalt shingles also are easy to repair.  Some homeowners can do simple repairs, and if not, they can hire a company to repair their roof for a lower price.

 

Environment: 

Cons:  Asphalt shingles take a beating in extreme environments.

In extremely hot environments they crack and fade easily.  This impacts the longevity of the shingles.   The cheaper the style, the worse job they do holding up against the elements.

Pros:  The shingles can handle most environments if the type is chosen correctly.

For example, Malarkey manufactures shingles for high wind areas that have a longer lifespan.  Yes, it is more expensive, but you get more out of your product then you would with a 3-tab product in the same area.

 

Cost:

Cons:  Cheapness of the material can trick you.

We advise against choosing a roofing material just based on price.  The 3-tab option is the least expensive material, but also offers the least amount of quality protection for your home.

Pros:  It is the cheapest material to install on your roof.  There is a large variety of shingles to choose from.  They run from 15-year shingles to 50-year shingles, with the 15-year option (3-tab) being the cheapest material.  Basically, you can choose the shingle according to your budget if really want to.

 

Aesthetics:

Cons:  The cheaper they are the worse they look overtime.

Pretty self-explanatory.  The cheaper shingles do not last over time.

Pros:  Huge variety of shingles to give you the look you want!

 

You can have shingles that look like tiles, dimensional shingles, carriage shingles with so many different colors to choose from!

Asphalt shingles are by far the most commonly used roofing material around.  It is fairly affordable, easily installed and fairly simple to maintain.  Most homes have this kind of roof installed.  Because this is the most commonly installed roofing material, it means there are so many varieties to choose from.

Would you like to look at the different varieties of shingles?  Check out our asphalt page here.  Also, we have a roofing visualizer.  You can upload a photo of your home and play with how the different roofing materials and colors complement your home.

Need help discussing what material to choose?  Call us at 360-652-4300 to talk to a professional!

  1. My husband and I have been considering getting our roof redone, and we wanted to look up some options for different shingles. That is great to know that asphalt shingles are easy to repair. If something goes wrong with our roof that is really nice that the shingles are easy to repair and we can do it ourselves if we need to. Thanks for the information!

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Good luck with getting your roof redone!

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