The Advantages and Disadvantages of Shingle Roofing

Shingle roofs are far and away the most popular roofing material in the U.S. Asphalt shingles are less inexpensive to buy and install compared to other roofing materials such as tile, composite and metal roofs. Depending on the materials and construction, shingle roofs will last from 20 to over 40 years. Asphalt shingles are available in two basic styles: organic or fiberglass. Organic shingles are constructed of wood pulp (paper) saturated with asphalt. Fiberglass shingles are made from glass fiber with a top layer of asphalt.

One reason for the popularity of shingles is they wide range of colors, patterns and styles available. You can find almost any kind of shingle to match your home’s exterior and increase the visual appeal of your home. Premium shingles, also called architectural laminate, are thicker than normal shingles, creating a relief effect that mimics the appearance of tile or wood shingles.

Are Shingle Roofs a Good Option In The Mountain Environment?

In the high altitude environment of Colorado there are several disadvantages to using asphalt shingles. Most importantly, because they are made from paper and petroleum, they are not as fire resistant as other roof materials. Fiberglass shingles offer better fire protection. In sub-zero weather frozen shingles can become brittle and are more susceptible to ice damage. Sudden temperature changes can also cause shingles to crack. Other disadvantages of shingle roofs include susceptibility to wind damage and mold and mildew growth.

Have questions about shingle or other roof materials? Call The Roofing Company. We have been installing mountain roofs in Colorado for generations and can help you choose the right material for your application.