When you’re preparing to improve your home, you should start from top to bottom. Namely, your home’s roof.
It’s literally its first line of defense against the elements, so you had better pay attention to its condition.
If you see signs of wear, then it’s probably time to start considering a complete roof replacement before a leak occurs that can cause more damage. Or, perhaps you want to improve the aesthetic of your property to increase curb appeal, which is another reason to replace your home’s lid.
But what kind of shingles should you use when you’re having your roof replaced? An asphalt shingle roof is an ideal choice because not only is it durable, it can be customized to your tastes.
Let’s take a closer look at the reasons you should choose asphalt roof tiles for your next renovation project…
1. One Size Fits All
No matter the shape of your roof, asphalt shingles can be used to cover it all, even the more difficult contours and angles. It is also more easily installed than some other types of roofing solutions, which means you’ll have a new roof quicker when you hire a trained and experienced crew.
2. Affordable Cost
This is always a consideration when deciding on your budget for home renovations. The national average for asphalt shingles is $80 to $100 per 100 sq. ft. or so. This makes it a more cost-efficient choice than other materials such as metal or cedar shingles, which can be upwards of $160 for the same area.
Asphalt roof repairs can also be performed for a relatively low cost during the lifespan of your new roof. With a metal roof, you have to replace a whole sheet rather than individual tiles.
3. Good Durability
A well-installed asphalt shingle roof can last upwards of 20 years. Fiberglass shingles are ideal for the Florida climate because they’re especially resilient against moisture and even fire. A well-installed asphalt shingle roof can also help protect against windstorms.
Asphalt shingles are also thought to withstand algae more than some other roof types.
Be sure to ask about the warranty that comes with your new shingles. Many of them carry manufacturer or installer protections.
4. Many Design Choices
When you picture most shingled roofs, you probably think of the standard beige or brown color. However, you’re not confined to those hues if you want to make a bolder statement with your roof.
Having the option of choosing a shingle color also means you can match it with the existing exterior decor for a more uniform look.
Aside from color, you may also be able to select asphalt shingles that are designed to look like slate or cedar shingles (without the same cost.)
5. Energy Efficiency
Asphalt shingles have come a long way over the years in terms of how energy efficient they are. The industry rates the efficiency of roof tiles by how much heat they reflect, thus keeping the contents of your home cooler.
Keep in mind however that choosing a darker color tile means it will absorb more heat. In fact, studies show it can require up to 40 percent more energy to cool a home that has a dark roof. So when you’re making your selection, it may be wise to select a lighter shade if energy efficiency is a major concern.
If you’re not sure about the energy rating of the asphalt shingles you want, then the contractor should be able to answer that question for you.
6. Environmental Considerations
Choosing an asphalt roof means less will end up in the landfill when it’s time to replace it. That’s because asphalt is a recyclable material, and it can get a second life as an additive to roads or as other products.
While the asphalt roof tiles can be recycled, many shingles sold on the market are also made from recycled products such as rubber and plastic. Asphalt doesn’t break down each time it is recycled like some other materials.
7. Sound Dampening
Believe it or not, a quality asphalt shingle can even help keep the noise down from outside. So if you have a neighbor across the street that likes to blast rock ballads at 11 p.m. on a Tuesday or you’re right under an airplane route, then you might notice less noise pollution in your home after the installation.
8. Resale Value
A brand new asphalt roof will increase the value of your home, close to 70 percent on your investment, to be more precise. You also should consider this: most people are familiar with a roof that has shingles. Fewer people are familiar with metal roofs on homes, so you might have to do more convincing that can extend the selling process.
9. Impact Resistance
While some of the older asphalt shingles were vulnerable to impacts, many of the newer types are being made to take a beating. Depending on the resistance rating, your roof could be better protected against hail and other hazards such as falling tree limbs.
An Asphalt Shingle Roof is Tops
Although a metal roof may last longer than some asphalt shingles, you’ll pay a lot more for one from the start. You’ll also pay more to repair a metal roof, while maintenance on asphalt tiles is cheaper and easier.
When it comes to value for money as well as a color and style choice, durability, and low maintenance, it’s tough to beat an asphalt shingle roof. Also keep in mind that asphalt roofs can be installed fairly quickly, so that means less inconvenience to your and your family during construction.
It’s no surprise then that more than 70 percent of homeowners choose asphalt shingles when they’re replacing their roof. It just makes sense, especially in the southern U.S. climate.
To find out more about our asphalt roof tiles and get an estimate, contact us today.