What Are the Benefits of Choosing Asphalt Shingles?

If you’re in the market for a new roof, you are likely faced with a multitude of material choices. While they all have their benefits and drawbacks, there’s a good reason why asphalt shingles are the most popular and common choice for homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

You have three main types of asphalt shingles to select from: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury, and they all have a lifespan starting at about 20 years and up.

Let’s go over the benefits of choosing asphalt shingles for your residential roof. Asphalt shingle roofs are:

1.    Affordable

The top reason why asphalt shingle roofs are so popular is the low price tag. There’s no doubt that new roofs are expensive, no matter which material you choose, especially if you have a large home. That’s why most homeowners want to reduce costs where they can, and the type of material they choose for their new roof is a good way to keep the price down while still getting a quality product.

Put simply, when you invest in an asphalt shingle roof, you get the most bang for your buck. That’s because asphalt shingle roofs can cost as little as $1.50/square foot, up to $5.50/square foot. How much you pay will depend on the type you choose. The higher the quality and aesthetic appeal, the more you will pay. For instance, dimensional shingles will cost you more because they are more durable, thicker, and longer lasting, with better curb appeal. Additionally, they come with a better and longer warranty as compared with 3-tab.

But asphalt roofing is still the most affordable choice, when compared with metal roofing which costs $10 to $17/square foot.

2.    Easy to Install

Easy installation also keeps costs down. The less time your roofers have to spend on your roof, the lower their labor costs will be. Asphalt shingles happen to be the easiest and fastest roofing material to install, which means you have lower material and labor costs. Asphalt roofs are so easy to install, in fact, that some homeowners decide to DIY this job. However, we strongly advise against this due to the safety risks involved as well as the high chance of improper installation, which is the leading cause of roof failure.

3.    Common

Because asphalt shingles are so common, they are also plentiful all across the country. That means it’s much easier to find a roofing contractor skilled and experienced in asphalt shingle installation and repair than it is to, say, find a contractor that knows how to install tile, clay, or metal roofs. Because those are specialty areas that only some contractors offer, they’re harder to find.

But you will find that most contractors offer asphalt shingle roofing services simply because it remains the most common request from customers and it’s easy to install. When you call around for asphalt shingle roofers, ask about experience, insurance, licensing, and years in business. Because there is likely an abundance of asphalt shingle roofers in your area, you have to be diligent in your research to find the most reputable one.

4.    Easy to Repair

Just like asphalt shingle roofs are easy to install, they’re also easy to repair. It’s not uncommon for shingles to go missing, break, or get dented from hail. When only a few shingles are affected, it’s easy and inexpensive for your roofer to make the necessary repairs or replacements as compared with more expensive materials that are not as plentiful and readily available. Asphalt shingle roofs also happen to be pretty easy to maintain by homeowners.

5.    Aesthetically Pleasing

Because most neighborhoods have asphalt shingle roofs on the homes, it’s easy to blend in with everyone else so you don’t stick out like a sore thumb. Asphalt shingles comes in a variety of colors and shades, which makes it easy to match your home’s color as well as the rest of the neighborhood décor. When your house doesn’t look out of place featuring an alternative roofing material, the aesthetics and curb appeal of the entire neighborhood benefits. Plus, you may find it easier to sell your home in the future when the look and feel of your home blends in seamlessly with the rest of the neighborhood with no gaps in materials.

Contact NVB Contracting For Asphalt Shingle Roof Installation

If you would like to book a consultation and quote for shingle roof installation, contact us today. Conveniently based in Manassas VA, NVB Contracting specializes in shingle roof repair and replacement services for homeowners in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. We can guide you through the process and let you know more benefits of choosing asphalt shingle roofing in your area.