By Brooke Chaplan
When it comes time to purchase a new roof for your home, you may consider price as the main deciding factor in the materials that you choose. There are many different types of shingles and knowing the benefits of each will help you to determine what's right for your house.
Here, we review the many benefits of having shingle roofing installed at your home:
While many people think of shingles as plain black, that's not the case. There are tons of different varieties, colors and textures to choose from; some popular colors are grey, green, tan, red and brown. When it comes to textures, there are many to choose from including wood, tile, slate and shakes. You can find an asphalt shingle that fits any style roof that you have or desire.
When you take a look at the cost of various roofing materials, shingles tend to be more affordable than most. In fact, many start at about $50 per 100 square feet, or 1 square in roofing terms. Other designs like wood or concrete tiles can cost anywhere from $100 to $250 per square foot. You can talk with a residential roofing provider in your area to get exact prices for different roofing material installation. More likely than not, though, shingles are likely going to be the cheapest on the market.
Many roofing contractors prefer installing asphalt shingles as opposed to other materials because they're more versatile. Forming different angles and shapes is easier to do with shingles than it is with other materials like wood shakes or concrete tiles. The only restriction when it comes to shingle roofing is that there must be a minimum slope for it to be effective. However, most U.S. homes meet this minimum slope requirement.
We've all seen those homes where it looks like there are green patches all over the roof. These homes are likely having issues with algae. The most susceptible roofing material to algae is wood, which also allows for unsightly black staining. Most asphalt shingles are now manufactured with algae-resistant materials to ensure that you don't get any of that nasty growth on your roof.
As noted, asphalt shingles have many benefits for homeowners. From being more affordable than other materials to protecting your roof from algae, asphalt is the clear way to go. When it's time for your next roof installation, consider going with asphalt shingles!
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, N.M. She recommends residential roofing services. For more information, contact Chaplan via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan