Advantages And Disadvantages Of Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Asphalt shingle roofs are probably the most common material used in residential roofing in America today. It has been estimated that around 80% of American homes have asphalt shingle roofs.

But what exactly are asphalt shingles? Asphalt shingles are asphalt-saturated bases made from either organic materials or fibreglass. The organic shingles are a combination of waste paper, asphalt, salt coatings and ceramic granules, whereas the fibreglass shingles are made from glass fibre coated in asphalt and minerals such as mica, schist, quartz, slate, ceramic, or stone. The asphalt and mineral coatings are responsible for the shingles’ waterproof and fireproof features.

Asphalt shingles are commonly cut in the “three-tab” pattern but they can also be found in many different shapes, styles and colours.

Asphalt shingles are a very popular roofing material for many reasons but are they the best option for you and your home? We unpack some of the advantages and disadvantages of asphalt shingle roofing.

 

Advantages

Asphalt shingles are by far the most affordable roofing material on the market. They’re quick and easy to install and when installed correctly and properly maintained they can last for about 25-30 years.

The shingles are also really easy to tear down, repair or replace if need be. One of the things that make them really affordable is that they don’t require any special tools or accessories in order to install them, such as roof edges, vent flashings or wall terminations.

Their versatility opens them up to a range of different shapes, styles and colours, allowing you to style them as you please for your desired aesthetic. The shingles are waterproof and fireproof, adding that extra protection to your home in case of any emergencies. They also work well on homes with steep, sloping structures and are pretty compatible with most roof types. Another great feature is that the mineral granules on the shingles help to deflect harmful, roof-damaging UV rays.

 

Disadvantages

Due to the asphalt shingles being pretty lightweight they can sometimes be susceptible to wind damage. Strong winds have been known to lift or tear these shingles off pretty easily.

While they are the most affordable option, tile, metal and slate roofs are perhaps more durable and have a longer lifespan. Excess moisture and heat can shorten the lifespan of the asphalt shingles. The damaging of these shingles can expose your roof structure to the elements thus further damaging it. Excess moisture can also lead to the growth of moss and vegetation on your roof which may block water from running off your roof.

 

Home Genius Exteriors, Philadelphia’s Leading Asphalt Shingle Contractor

At Home Genius Exteriors, we use only the finest quality asphalt shingles in order to create the best roofing system for your home. Give us a call today and receive a free estimate for your roof.

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“I replaced the roof and gutter, not my first time on the project. It's my first time working with Home Genius. I'm glad I chose this company. The crew that represent the company ( Buddy, Alex, Tim, Pablo, and the crew) are the greatest persons I've met. Very professional, pleasant, respectful, and they show up on time, they all take their time to explain all my questions/concerns and show me every step of the project. I am grateful to be served by these wonderful people and company.”

Kidest K.

“We very much appreciate Mr. Hunter spending time to understand and address our concerns regarding the leaks we have had the last couple of years. He provided us with a quote promptly and accurately. He explained thoroughly and transparently the costs involved in the project. We were made aware of different materials and their workings. He has extensive knowledge about exterior work. I would definitely recommend Home Genius Exteriors for your next project.”

Bipin K.

“Home Genius has provided great service from the start of the project until the end. From the moment I met Brady Phillips, the home remodeling expert, my experience has been amazing! He explained everything from the products that would be used, of my choice until the end of the project. I really loved the professionalism and consideration of the workers and also the project manager. The project manager notified me of every step. I appreciate the workmanship. Thank you again Home Genius and I have already begun recommending this company!”

Sharnita A

“Home Genius did a great job, we really appreciate the work they did for us, both Trey and Pablo were efficient, kind and very knowledgeable. The crew was amazing and they were able to install the roof before it started to snow, Thank you everybody at Home Genius, From call center to the salesman, the entire process was pain free an very easy to understand . We highly recommend”

Cynthia B.

“Casey is amazing and totally sold me on my new roof. She covered all bases with her knowledge of each aspect of the job and really made me feel at ease. The crew worked quickly and got the job done over two days. Minor cosmetic concerns were promptly dealt with. All in all I can’t really complain and they will see more business from me in the future!”

James P.

“Excellent service from start to finish! The inspector was highly knowledgeable about roofing and other specialties. They were able to provide multiple quotes for my roof, gutters, windows, and siding almost instantly after the inspection. The communication from the project manager and others were superb during the job. Quality and service worth every penny! As a contractor myself, I highly recommend this company.”

Sean J.

“Met today with Sam. He was very knowledgeable, professional and forthcoming about what we needed to have a complete, safe and professional job completed in a very timely manner. He spent 6 hours with us making sure we were 100% satisfied and comfortable with everything. I would definitely recommend this company in the future!!”

Suzanne R.

“Sam from Home Genius Exteriors came out to our home. He was professional, incredibly thorough, patient, and friendly. He answered all of our questions. We went with Home Genius Exteriors on the spot. We had such peace of mind knowing the work would be completed with quality and care! Highly recommend!!”

Thespina G.

“I’m very impressed with Home Genius Exteriors. From the sales opportunity, to ordering, and finally execution everything was smooth sailing. Rob, who sold us our roof, was educated on the product and process. He answered all my detailed questions with patience. A special comment must be left for our Project Manager, Mike, who went above and beyond in every way. He was always available, answers all our questions, thoroughly reviewed the work was done, and even let us know that he is available after the project with any questions. You can tell he truly takes pride in his work. I have worked with others, and so has my family, and I’ll tell you right now we’re sticking with Home Genius Exteriors for all future projects due to Mike’s customer service. Highly recommended company to work with! Our roof is gorgeous.”

Anthony L.

“Home Genius Exteriors replaced my entire roof and they were absolutely amazing. They were professional, did quality work, and had great customer service. We had missing shingles and Home Genius was able to complete our roof in less than a week from the estimate! Melissa did the estimate and was very knowledgeable and helped us make the best decision for our home. Casey was the project manager and she communicated all the information we needed, was on top of everything with the project, and was even helping clean up after the work was complete to make sure the yard was safe for my kids. Would definitely recommend Home Genius 10/10 they went the extra mile!”

Catherine G.