Shingle roofing is one of the most reliable and durable roofing solutions you can find. It’s one of the most popular and for good reason. Here is an outline of the pros and cons of shingle roofing so you’ll know what you’re in for should you chose it.
First of all is the cost. They protect the structure extremely well which means the time and money you invest in it will be well spent. The variety of shingle roofing materials and configurations leaves you with choices you can live with. Both performance and longevity, look and strength are all factors that you can rely on with the proper shingle roofing choices. They’ll last a very long time and aren’t that difficult to maintain nor replace.
They come with a Class A fire rating. That means should a fire start within or outside the structure the roof will hold intact considerably. This prevents the fire from spreading faster thus protecting the structure until firefighters can arrive to do their job. Usually they come with fiberglass-backed shingles. If you live in an area where fires are prone to occur these choices are advised.
They’re also relatively easy to install and many homeowners take up the task to do the job themselves. This saves money on hiring a contractor to do it but even if you do choose a contractor the installation is so easy that you won’t be spending an exorbitant sum to do so. The installation materials are easy to follow and all you need are some handy skills, safety procedures, and a comfortable weather condition day or two.
The shingles last long. Longevity is synonymous with shingle roofing especially the higher grade quality shingles. The high end shingles do cost more but the benefit is in savings and less problems in the short and long term. They also keep the structure sturdy enough for other modifications or duties as one can walk on the shingles and not do harm.
As for the cons, they start with the typical age issues. Over time the shingles can degrade especially due to weather like too much sun or harsh winters. Cleaning the roof with rakes after snow or leaves can remove the protective granules as well. Higher grade shingles will last longer but the truth is that the shingles will have to be replaced later at some time but with a good grade of shingle and smart care that won’t be for years or decades to come.
Although thinner or cheaper grade shingles might be more affordable, in weather challenging areas they won’t stand up to the battle. You’ll end up with either damage to the roof and perhaps structure as well as having to replace the shingles sooner than expected. This costs time and money and your home shouldn’t be left to such a possible compromise in safety and appearance. No one wants cracked shingles or shingles with holes and gaps as water and debris as well as animals and insects can gain entry and cause all sorts of havoc.
Overall the pros outweigh the cons which is why shingle roofing is the roofing of choice.
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