Why Are Asphalt Shingles The Most Popular Choice In Roofing?

In the United States, asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material, and for a variety of valid reasons. They’re adaptable, weather-resistant, and available in a range of styles and colors. While replacing or repairing your roof, it’s important to consider the advantages of asphalt shingles for your home’s particular situation. We think it’s fantastic for a variety of reasons and some of those are outlined in this very article.

Asphalt Shingles Are Versatile

Asphalt shingles are capable of covering a wide range of angles, curves, and forms. So they are capable of doing work on virtually any type of roof, no matter how huge or complicated your roof may be. There are slope limitations for asphalt roofing, as there is a minimum slope for this material. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are acceptable for virtually all residences in North America. Asphalt shingles should never be used on roofs with a slope of less than 2:12.

Many Different Designs To Choose From

Asphalt shingles are offered in a variety of architectural styles that are both beautiful and functional. 3-tab shingles are the most prevalent type of shingle in North America, and they compliment the majority of home designs. Some asphalt shingles are designed to seem like other roofing materials, such as slate or tile. In this way, you may benefit from the design advantages of certain materials without having to deal with their disadvantages.

Wide Variety of Color Options

An vast variety of colors is available when it comes to asphalt roofing shingles. If you want to maintain or increase the curb appeal of your property before selling it, you must choose the right shade of roofing material that complements the rest of your home. This is made possible by a large number of different asphalt shingle colors available. Other roofing materials, on the other hand, do not come in as many hues.

Quality and Cost-Efficiency

Perhaps the most significant advantage of asphalt shingles over other roofing materials is that they maintain great performance while being significantly less expensive. Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective roofing materials in the short term, but they also survive for a long enough period of time to provide the most long-term value. Performance shingles offer enhanced weather, fire, and wind resistance at a reasonable price, making them an excellent choice for individuals who require these characteristics.

Because They Are Energy Efficient

You might not have expected that asphalt roofing would have an advantage in terms of energy efficiency, but it does. When you purchase an asphalt roof, your roofer will install a full underlayment system, that can help you save money on energy costs by increasing the efficiency of your home. As an alternative, you can choose specifically designed asphalt shingles in a variety of colors including light, medium, and dark shades that reflect a greater proportion of the sun’s infrared radiation.

This will help with lowering the surface temperature of the roof. It has been shown that when the majority of the roofs in a large metropolitan area are covered with these “cool” shingles, the temperature in the city can be a degree or two lower on hot, sunny days. Residents may be able to use less energy to cool their homes as a result of this.

Stress and Impact Protection

Depending on where you reside, your home may be subjected to severe weather conditions such as hailstorms. These storms can be very damaging to your roof, but there are specially adapted asphalt shingles available to help protect it. Look for shingles that have been “impact-rated.”

High Winds Sustainability 

High winds can be a nuisance practically anywhere in the United States. You want your roof to remain in place. If the wind lifts them off the ground, water can seep in from underneath, potentially resulting in a leaking or moldy ceiling. Because to advancements in asphalt shingle manufacture, the product is now a superior product than it was some years ago.

Some manufacturers provide high-wind limited warranties that cover winds up to 100 miles per hour. If you reside in an area where high winds are frequent, ask your roofer to examine the manufacturer’s application requirements and warranty coverage.

Class A Fire Protection

Class A fire rating is given to some asphalt shingles. Typically the ones that are a bit more expensive. When used in conjunction with a comprehensive roof system, they provide exceptional protection against fire entry and spread. A lot of people simply do not account for the potential fire hazards. If you live in an area where a lot of fires tend to occur then considering asphalt shingles is a no-brainer choice. 

Protection From Loud Noises

One of the most underappreciated benefits of a shingle roof is its ability to provide sound insulation. The composition of asphalt roofing shingles in a whole roofing system provides sound insulation against outside noise. Asphalt shingles, depending on the design, can be substantially quieter than metal roofs, and they can be even quieter during heavy downpours and hailstorms.


Algae are becoming an increasingly serious concern in the roofing sector. Many roofs, particularly those made of wood, are susceptible to algae growth, which manifests itself as a black stain on a portion or the entire surface of your roof. If this is a concern, seek tiles that have algae resistance integrated into the design. These tiles prevent the growth of blue-green algae on your roof, so preserving the color and beauty of your roof.

Installation Is Fairly Straightforward

Due to the ease with which asphalt shingles may be installed, their installation cost is fairly low. Inevitably, some roofing contractors will perform a better installation job than others. It should be noted that hiring an asphalt shingle roofer will be much easier than hiring a tile or slate roofer because asphalt shingles are far more common. Even though installation might be fairly straightforward, always remember that for the best job done, call Second To None Exteriors LLC. 


Getting shingles installed on your roof can seem like a fairly straightforward task until you find the wrong person for the job. We want to avoid you from making that mistake which could potentially be extremely costly for you and your home. Professional insight with over 20+ experience in the roofing industry here in the St. Charles County area speaks volumes. Even if you choose not to use us, you deserve the peace of mind. Call or text us at (636) 699-0449 today and let us help you find the right roofing provider for your next roofing installation.

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