Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles


Why You Should Use Asphalt Shingles

One of the most commonly used materials for roofing is asphalt.  Professionally installed asphalt shingles look great on any roof.  With asphalt you are getting a quality, long lasting product and you will have many options of color.  It is designs for all types of budgetary needs.   If you are in need of new roofing or if you have a current asphalt roof there are some pros and cons that you should know about asphalt shingle roofing.


Fire Rating

The highest fire rating available in shingles is Class A.  Fiberglass-backed shingles are designed with a Class A rating.  This is an important feature to consider for your home.  No one wants to think about a fire in their home; however the right shingles would provide you with piece of mind when it comes to fire safety.

Budget Friendly

If you are looking for a great value for your money, then asphalt shingles are the way to go.  Without compromising quality, asphalt shingles are available for a variety of budgets.  You will also have a large variety of color options as well.

Long Lasting

When you choose a thicker variety of shingles in a premium product you will have a longer roof life expectancy.  A thicker more substantial product will naturally last longer than a thinner piece of material.


Another plus to asphalt shingles is the installation process.  Asphalt shingles are pretty straightforward to install.  The installation is less time consuming compared to other more complex types of roofing.  With this straightforward installation process, you will likely save on installation costs.


Hail Damage

Every winter we have weather predictions of hail.  Some predictions turn into actual storms and some do not.  When hail hits your roof it will leave dents and dings that can compromise the structure and can cause cracks which can lead to leaks.  The higher grade of shingle you purchase however will cause less damage.


One of the few downsides to asphalt shingles is that over time the material can degrade.  Exposure to sunlight, walking on the roof for repairs or gutter cleaning and cleaning your roof of snow every year will remove some of the granules that protect the asphalt layer.  If you choose the premium shingles over the less expensive, thinner variety, your roof will last longer.  However, asphalt roofing is not a forever roof; it will need to be replaced eventually.

If you are looking for a budget friendly, quality roofing product, then asphalt shingles are the way to go.  With a large variety of options for any roofing design and very few downsides asphalt is a tried and true product.  When you are ready to install a new roof or if you have any other roofing needs, call the professionals at GDC Contracting Inc.  Our 53 years of experience and expertise will help you get the best roof for your needs. Best Roofer in Paramus NJ!