Pros and Cons of Asphalt Roofs

Choosing your roofing material is a big decision when it's time to replace your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks. We recently talked about the pros and cons of metal roofs and this week we would like to discuss asphalt roofing in more detail to help make your decision easier. Read on for a complete list of the pros and cons of asphalt roofs from our roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Pros of Asphalt Roofs

1. Less Expensive - The biggest pro to choosing asphalt for your roofing material is that it is the least expensive option. The fact that they are the most affordable is why many homeowners choose asphalt shingles. Asphalt is the most economically viable option when it comes to roofing material.

2. Easy Installation - Asphalt roofing shingles are easier to install than other types of roofing materials. This saves both on time and labor costs for the installation. In fact, Above & Beyond Roofing can turn the average roofing job in just one day!

3. Variety of Color Options - The other great thing about asphalt shingles is that they come in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can find the perfect option to match your style and your home. Different colors and patterns allow you to set your home apart from the others on the block.

Cons of Asphalt Roofs

1. Vulnerable to the Elements - During storms and bad weather, asphalt shingles are one of the most vulnerable types of roofing material. The protective granules can easily become dislodged during storms, which weakens the roof. Excess UV light or moisture can also cause the shingles to breakdown prematurely. Curling shingles edges and corners can lead to water infiltration. The impact of falling tree branches or hailstones can crack or break asphalt shingles.

2. Requires More Maintenance - While all roofing materials require some type of maintenance, such as regular roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, some require more than others. Asphalt roofs require more maintenance than metal roofs, but less than wood shake shingles. With asphalt roofs, you want to make sure to regularly clear debris from the roof and the gutters. You also want to regularly inspect for damaged shingles and areas where water can seep through. Lastly, you want to monitor for moss and algae growth, which can shorten the lifespan of your asphalt roof.

3. Shorter Lifespan - When compared to other roofing materials, asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan. For homeowners that don't plan to stay in their home for a long period of time, asphalt is a great option. However, if you want your roof to last throughout your lifetime, you might invest in a longer-lasting option.

Contact Above & Beyond Roofing! 

No matter what material you choose for your roof, our team at Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help ensure your roof is top-quality regardless of which material you choose. We are Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, meaning we are able to offer the best warranties on their asphalt shingle products. Give us a call for all your roofing needs!

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