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Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Wondering if shingle roofing is for you? A lot of factors come into finding the right roofing shingle materials. Is the material durable? Is it energy efficient? What is the lifespan of the shingle? Will it improve your curb appeal? Will it require a lot of maintenance? Let Prestige Home Pros highlight the pros and cons of shingle roofing.

Pros of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

  • Asphalt shingles are an inexpensive product compared to metal, clay, or concrete tiles. Roofing materials can be expensive depending on the style and material chosen. When it comes to roofing materials, asphalt shingles are one of the more affordable choices in the market today for homeowners who are working with a budget. 
  • Asphalt shingles fit any style, whether it’s modern or traditional. They are perfect if you’re  considering improving your curb appeal. Especially in South Florida, where the aesthetic appeal of the home is extremely important. If you ever plan on selling your home, then you need to make sure your home looks aesthetically pleasing, which includes your new roof. A benefit of using asphalt shingles is that they are visually flexible and give the appeal of a natural wood shake look. They come in a variety of different styles depending on what you’re looking for, such as: strip shingle, laminated, three-tab, and also high-definition shingle. This means that regardless of the style of your home, you will be sure to find an asphalt shingle roofing system that is perfect for you. 
  • Asphalt shingles are great for a warmer climate with high temperatures like we experience in south Florida; from Palm Beach Gardens to Homestead, you can experience humidity, hot temperatures, and strong rains. The hot climate that we experience here in South Florida is perfect for this type of roofing system. 
  • Asphalt shingles is a complex roofing system that requires proper underlayment to be installed alongside your roofing shingle, therefore making that shingle long-lasting and durable while dramatically changing the look of your new asphalt roof. Depending on the size of the roofing project, it can be anywhere from 3-5 days to install your shingle roofing system with permits and city inspections included.

Cons of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

  • Asphalt shingles can crack- Asphalt shingles are very light in their material, and are more susceptible to cracks, especially when they are exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations. Once they are exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations, they can expand and contract, resulting in cracks. However, if you live in the Miami to West Palm Beach areas, you do not experience severe cold temperatures. Since you live in South Florida, you won’t have to worry about extreme temperature fluctuations. Shingle Roofing would be the roofing system to consider when looking to replace your current roof.
  • Asphalt shingles don’t offer a unique look- Asphalt shingles can come in a variety of colors and styles, but they aren’t unique. If you want your house to stand out, then asphalt shingles might not be the right fit for you.
  • Asphalt shingles don’t last quite as long – Since they are made of lighter material, are cheaper and more prone to damage, they don’t last as long as other roofing materials like metal roofing. If you would like to learn more about metal roofs, please visit our metal roofing page.

Energy Efficiency Asphalt Shingles

If energy efficiency is important to you, then you should consider high-definition energy efficient asphalt shingles. This is perfect for homeowners who like green and energy efficient products.  Many manufacturers are starting to produce energy efficient asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are being designed to absorb less heat from the sun by using cool-roof technology. This feature cuts down the use of your air conditioner, especially on hot summer days.

Roof Replacement

Knowing when to replace your roof is extremely important. There are many factors that need to be considered when assessing your current shingle roof. You should always check your roof after a heavy storm to see if there was any damage. If you find areas that are cracked, damaged, or buckling, then repairs are needed. You should check the points where flashing is used to make sure there are no cracks or breaks that could lead to leaks. Flashing is used to seal the seams of the roof from rain and weather. If you notice your roof is starting to look droopy and sagging, then it is time to replace your current shingle roof. Keep a look out for spots that may have trapped moisture. This could lead to moss growing on your home. Regardless of the roof damage you have, Prestige Home Pros can help you with your roof replacement project and take care of the installation. If you would like to change your roofing system to a tile roofing system (Link to tile roofing page) or even a metal roofing system, PHP can help! No need to stress over it. Prestige Home Pros has you covered!

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