• Asphalt Roofs

  • Why Choose an Asphalt Roof For Your Pensacola Home

    Asphalt roofs are currently the most popular roofing option in the the US because of it’s overall cost-effectiveness. If you want more information about asphalt roods,  follow along as we list he pros and cons.

    Affordability

    The main reason that asphalt roofing is a popular choice among homeowners is it’s affordability. Asphalt shingles can last up to 20 years if installed correctly. Although other materials such as metal can last as many as 40 years, the inexpensiveness of the asphalt shingles often outweighs the long-term protection.

    Effective

    Although, other roofing options such as metal, clay and slate are more durable and will last longer, asphalt shingles are still moderately durable and being the most affordable, make it the most cost effective roof.

    Color and Style Selections

    Asphalt shingles are available in two basic types, organic and fiberglass. Both types are coated to make them water proof. Additionally, both types of shingles are available in different styles: 3 tab, architectural and premium.  The most inexpensive of the 3 are 3-tab shingles. Architectural shingles will cost a little more, but are designed to handle wind better than the 3-tab. With that’being said. the architectural will be less likely to be blown off by wind. The decision to opt for architectural shingles is often one of aesthetics, as they are available in many tones and patterns. They can also mimic the look of wood or slate shingles.

    Ease of Installation

    Asphalt shingles are fairly easy to install and require minimum training. Depending on the size of the the home or building, they can be installed in one or two days, provided that they can re-roof over the old one.

    Cons

    Although, asphalt shingles will be more cost effective than other roof types, one drawback, which is dependent on the quality of the shingles, is that they do not perform well in extreme heat or wild fluctuations in temperature. In these situations, shingles can experience cracking and fading.  The disadvantages of asphalt roofing shingles come down to the quality of the material and the dwindling protection it has in shifting climates. Also, asphalt roofs are not considered eco-friendly since their production wastes much energy in the manufacturing process and being a petroleum based product, the are not a recyclable product.