Shingle Roof- Advantages and Disadvantages

Shingle Roofs are still very popular despite the advancement in materials. It may be because it is accustomed through generations or the benefits really weigh over. 

In choosing your roofing materials, there should be factors you should be looking at first because having your final choice. Above your design preference, durability, performance, availability, affordability, installation, repair and maintenance should also be considered. These factors help you to decide to meet your wants and needs. Shingle roofs have their best and least in considering these factors which will be discussed next. 

Shingle Roof- Advantages and Disadvantages

Benefits of Shingle Roofs

1. Affordability 

One of its top advantages is its price. In the roofing shingle industry, different styles or base materials may be more expensive compared with the other but in terms of the roofing material industry, shingles are the most inexpensive. Especially for homeowners who are on a budget, shingles are the most economical choice among the other roofing materials. 

2. Installation 

Shingles are manufactured by pieces, whether three-tab or architectural shingles and are installed and overlapped over one another. Some shingles may be heavier compared to other styles, but for experienced roofers, installing shingles is one of the easiest and lesser time consumed compared to other roofing materials. In the installation, it is best to hire an experienced roofer instead of doing it yourself considering that during the job, you are working at a height which needs to be extra careful. 

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3. Appearance

Compared to other roofing materials, shingle comes in different textures, sizes, styles, and colors which gives you the chance to design to your preference. Shingles are very much versatile in a style which is why it is more evidently used compared to other materials. The color can also last longer because it is covered with a ceramic coating that can longer the color during its service life.

4. Repair 

Because shingles are manufactured and installed in overlapping pieces, in times when it needs to be repaired, you don’t have to replace the entire roofing. You can take the broken or damaged shingle and replace it with a new one. Just like how it is easier to install, it is also easier to repair. Just make sure your underlayments are not damaged as well. 

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The drawback of Shingle Roofs

1. Durability 

Asphalt shingles are less durable compared to other roofing materials. Especially in areas with strong winds and colder temperatures, shingles are more susceptible to damage wherein these factors also contributed to the deterioration of the material. On strong winds, with its thinness and lightweight, it can be easily ripped off during a strong blow of wind. On colder days, it can also be very brittle and can break. Organic shingles are also more water-absorbent which lessens the durability of the materials.

2. Lifespan

Compared to other roofing materials, shingles don’t last long which is why this material’s warranty is also shorter. It can last for at most 50 years, depending on the material and how well you maintain it, and depending on how weather changes from time to time. But for its price, its service price is reasonable enough. 

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3. Weather-resistance

During the cold days, it can be easily brittle and if water is present, moisture can penetrate your material which will cause it to warp. This excess moisture cannot just cause it to warp but also lead it to moss or mildew growth which can grow all around your roof and have extensive damage. It needs to be cleaned from time to time, and be replaced immediately before it gets worse.

 

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