The Pros and Cons of Shingle Roofing

Pros and Cons of Shingle Roofing

Consider both the benefits and challenges of shingle roofing.

Shingle roofing is one of the most common types of roofing in neighborhoods across the country. It is easy to install, very low in cost when compared to other types of roofing, and simple and attractive to look at. If you are considering shingle roofing for your roofing project, whether you’re designing a custom home or simply looking to spruce up the home you’ve been in for 14 years, there are several advantages and disadvantages that you should be aware of. New roofing is a significant investment, even if you choose affordable shingle roofing, so don’t make the decision lightly. Here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of shingle roofing.

The Pros of Shingle Roofing

Asphalt shingles are well-loved and common throughout the country for many reasons, including these:

  • Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing material currently available for purchase, so they can shave a lot off of your bottom line
  • Shingle roofing works very well on roofs that have steep slopes
  • Shingle roofing can be used for a wide variety of applications (including some that don’t even involve roofing)
  • Asphalt shingles are widely considered to be the easiest type of roofing to install
  • Shingle roofing is easy to cut, fasten, and fit perfectly on the area of your roof
  • Shingle roofing doesn’t need additional accessories that can add up in cost like the ones typically needed for roof edges, wall terminations, and vent flashings
  • Asphalt shingles are incredibly low-maintenance and they can be walked on without causing any damage to the shingles or your roof
  • Shingle roofing is light weight
  • Shingle roofing is available in a wide variety of price points, sizes, and colors
  • Shingle roofing is typically easier to repair than other styles of roofing, which almost always lowers the repair costs and amount of time needed for the job
  • Many brands of shingle roofing provide Class A fire protection

The Cons of Shingle Roofing

While shingle roofing is very widely used, it isn’t always without fault. Some of the biggest issues with asphalt shingle roofing include the following:

  • Asphalt shingles are easy to tear or lift off during a thunderstorm or weather event, so if you live in an area that regularly has high winds you might find yourself needing to replace portions of your roof after big storms
  • Shingle roofing can transfer solar heat into your home, raising the temperature if you don’t have good quality attic insulation
  • Shingle roofing can be damaged in periods of extreme heat, so if you live in a very warm climate with lots of direct sunlight on your home they might not be the best choice for you
  • Mildew problems are common on shingle roofing and they can damage the lightweight and thin shingles very easily
  • Unlike other types of roofing, that last for many decades without any issues, shingle roofing only typically lasts 15-30 years on average before needing replacement

Which Roofing Type Should You Choose?

Shingle roofing is a good and flexible option for many homeowners. At the end of the day, price and flexibility almost always win out, which is why there are so many homes with asphalt shingle roofing across the country! Whichever type of roofing you would like to choose, choose it from the professionals at Schaefer Siding.

Shingle Roofing from Schaefer Siding

Schaefer Siding & Exteriors provides a huge variety of services for your home, from window installation to roofing repair. We are EPA certified, a Hardie Preferred Remodeler, VSI Certified, and a CertainTeed 5-Star Contractor. We take an immense amount of pride in the quality of our work and know that you will love the finished result. We have almost 40 years of experience in giving our customers high-quality roofs, siding, and more. To get a quote or learn more, give us a call at 410-781-4028 or visit us online. To get more tips, follow us on Houzz, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.


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