Asphalt shingles are widely considered as the most cost-effective type of roofing, which makes it the most popular choice for today’s homeowners. If you’re wondering why, read on as local roofing company WaynCo Roofing, LLC takes a look at the reasons why asphalt shingles offer the best bang for your buck.
- Durability. Today’s asphalt shingles are expected to last 20 to 30 years. With features such as reinforced shingles and breathable underlayment, they’re at a lower risk of premature failure. New roofing systems typically have features like wind, fire and impact resistance, which, when combined with robust warranty coverage, can help cut down repair and maintenance costs over its lifetime.
- Ease of installation. You’re not expected to install your roof, but ease of installation can help drive down installation costs, as well as shorten its installation timeline. Asphalt shingles are relatively lighter than most other roofing materials, which makes them ideal for use on existing roofing frames — no need to reinforce or make modifications that can impact your roofing budget. Also, their lightweight and flexible nature make them easy to fit on a variety of roof shapes and sizes that can further help save on time, labor and equipment.
- Versatility. Thanks to modern manufacturing methods, you can choose asphalt shingles over more expensive styles without compromising on looks and performance. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern look, you can find asphalt shingles that complement your home’s architecture. Laminate or architectural shingles are made to mimic hand-cut wood shakes, and are among the best-selling options available. Offer options that mimic tile, slate and fish-scale roofing are also offered by most roofing manufacturers.
- Energy efficiency. Energy-efficient roofing typically has features that can help reduce radiant heat absorption, which, in turn, can help reduce cooling costs during hot days. Certain asphalt shingle products are manufactured with such features in mind — some feature reflective coating, others have reflective granules mixed in with standard ones. In addition to the savings, energy-efficient asphalt shingles help maintain comfort in your home, as well as reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Look for the ENERGY STAR® certification when buying energy-efficient asphalt shingles.