Traditional asphalt shingles offer affordability, versatility, and easy installation. They are a cost-effective choice for budget-conscious homeowners. Compared to metal roofing, asphalt shingles are generally more budget-friendly. They also offer a wide variety of colors and styles that allow for personalized preferences and enhanced curb appeal. This versatility makes it easier to find an option that complements the overall design of the house and its environment. The lightweight nature of asphalt shingles makes them easy and quick to install which contributes to their lower labor costs and the process is usually quicker than metal roofing installation. Furthermore, when it comes to repairs in the future, shingles can be replaced individually or in small sections as opposed to a full roof replacement.
Shingle roofs do have a few drawbacks to consider though. Shingles may be susceptible to wind uplift and shingle loss, increasing the risk of leaks and potential damage to the roof structure. Shingled roofs are not recommended in areas that are prone to hurricanes and tornadoes for this reason. Additionally, their lightweight nature makes them vulnerable to extreme heat and extreme cold temperatures that can cause them to be brittle, crack, or curl. Routine inspections and repairs are necessary to address these issues and ensure the roof’s integrity. Lastly, compared to other roofing materials, asphalt shingle roofs generally have a shorter lifespan. The lighter weight of shingles contributes to their reduced durability over time compared to stronger roofing materials like metal.