If it’s time to replace your roof, then it’s the perfect time to weigh all your roofing options. After all, in terms of function, your roof may be the most vital part of your house–if your roof fails, everything beneath it is in jeopardy!
In terms of popularity, asphalt shingles are the most used roofing material in America for a reason. They are versatile, weather-resistant, and offer a host of other benefits. Read on for why asphalt shingles are a great option for your new roof.
One of the most significant advantages of asphalt shingles over other roofing materials is that they provide good performance at a low cost. Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective roofing materials in the short term, while they last long enough to provide real long-term value. Metal roofing, slate roofing, shake roofing, and other roofing solutions just do not provide the same value for the expense of asphalt roofing in the long run.
Ease of Installation
Asphalt shingles are the simplest and quickest roofing material to install. A new roof is usually erected in a single day in most homes. Because they are easy to install, the cost of installation is also lower. Of course, some roofing contractors are better at installing roofs than others. It’s always wise to rely on a well-reputed roofer, regardless of the type of roof you choose. National First Roofing is experienced in a wide variety of roofing options and offers prompt, professional installation and repairs throughout Arizona.
While it’s not uncommon for shingles to need to be changed or repaired, it’s not nearly as big of a concern as repairs on other roof styles. Replacing an asphalt shingle is a simple and quick process that can usually be done very economically. When you choose a different roofing material, such as metal or tile, it can be difficult to find a roofing professional who can repair it. If you have a proprietary metal roof, you may need to work with the same firm who installed it to get repairs. Asphalt roofs have the advantage of allowing you to hire the roofing company you prefer.
Looks and Versatility
Asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors. If you want to maintain your home’s curb appeal or improve it before selling it, you’ll need to be able to choose a roofing material that matches the rest of your house. This is made possible by the large number of asphalt shingle colors available. Other roofing materials simply do not provide the same wide range of color options.
Asphalt shingles also come in a wide variety of architectural styles. Three-tab shingles are classic and go with a variety of home types. Multiple kinds of dimensional and premium shingles are also available. In fact, some imitate the appearance of slate and cedar shakes, among other roofing materials. This way, you can take advantage of the design benefits of these materials without their drawbacks. What’s more, asphalt shingles come in a variety of angles, shapes, and sizes. As such, you can count on asphalt shingles to cover your entire roof, no matter how big or complex it is.
Energy efficiency is one of asphalt roofing’s surprising advantages. When you buy an asphalt roof, your roofer will install a complete system, including underlayment, that will help you save money on energy. Specially engineered asphalt shingles are available in light, medium, and dark tones that reflect more infrared radiation from the sun, lowering the temperature of the roof surface. When the bulk of roofs in large urban areas are shingled with these ‘cool’ shingles, the city’s temperature can drop a degree or two on hot sunny days—and we know every degree counts in sunny Arizona! As a result, residents may be able to use less energy to cool their homes.
During the monsoon season in Arizona, high winds can be an issue. For peace of mind, it’s essential to know your roof can weather the storm. When installed according to the manufacturer’s application standards, some asphalt shingles can endure winds up to 110-130 mph! At even greater wind speeds, some manufacturers provide high-wind limited warranties. Specially adapted asphalt shingles are also available to help your roof withstand the effects of other intense storms.
Want to talk roofs? Get in touch with the team at National First Roofing to have all your questions answered!