If you’re looking for a more traditional style roof and you’ve got a limited budget, asphalt shingles are a cost-effective solution. They’ve been around for more than 100 years, first being used in 1901 when they became and remained one of the most popular roofing alternatives. There are many reasons why they’re the number one roofing material. They can be installed at a fraction of the cost of the more premium style roofs such as metal, and they come in several shades of grays, browns, greens, and black as well as many shapes and textures to add beauty to your home.
Their top surface granules help to block ultraviolet light which cuts down on cooling costs. Besides being the easiest roofing material to install, they are also the easiest to repair if they get damaged. They perform well in resisting wind, hail, ice, and fire damage, although sudden changes in weather do lessen their lifespan, as does a poorly insulated attic. Any moss growing on shingles should be removed to prevent premature deterioration. Although they don’t last as long as metal roofs, they’re an excellent choice if metal roofs are out of your price range.