If you take a look around your neighborhood, you’ll notice that many of the homes use asphalt shingles, especially in the Midwest. While roofing options like clay tiles are more common in the Southwest, many homes across the country instead use asphalt shingles as their primary material. It’s not because other roofing options don’t exist—there are many options that include cedar shakes, metal roofing, and many other options. Instead, asphalt shingles are commonly used in residential roofing because of a few major reasons.
Asphalt Shingles Are Reliable
Asphalt shingles perform just as well during the hot summer months as they do during the cold winter months. This is particularly important for homes in Minnesota and other Midwestern states where hot summers and cold winters are common. Many homeowners want a roofing material that can withstand direct UV exposure, high temperatures and humidity, and freezing cold snow and ice. Asphalt shingles can withstand all of these things, performing well in a variety of climates.
Asphalt Shingles Are Durable
Asphalt shingles are not the strongest roofing materials around (especially when compared to metal roofing), but they do a great job at withstanding wind, hail, snow, rain, and many other environmental factors. They also have a good lifespan. While you won’t get 50 years out of your new roof with asphalt shingles, you can still rest assured that, barring any severe storm damage, your roof will last 20 years or more.
Asphalt Shingles Are Affordable
Asphalt shingles are one of the most economical and affordable roofing options. Getting a new roof with asphalt shingles can be paid for in a matter of years, and it’s not something that is out of reach for many homeowners. If you are looking for a higher upfront investment that will last longer, metal roofing is the ideal choice, but you won’t go wrong with choosing the affordability of asphalt shingles.
Asphalt Shingles Come in Various Colors
Most people think of the color black when asphalt comes to mind, but asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colors, meaning you can choose a color that fits your personal style, your home’s design, and those of your neighbors. Talk with your roofing professional about your color options when you get your next roofing quote.
Asphalt Shingles Can Be Repaired
In the event a severe storm does come through your area, you won’t always need a full roofing replacement with asphalt shingles. Wind can lift up some shingles and loosen them, but these shingles can always be replaced with new ones. Depending on the extent of the damage and the age of your current roof, repair is generally an option.
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