Pros and Cons of an Asphalt Shingle roof in Houston weather

Shingle roofing accounts for most of the roofing styles in use in residential roofing today. The underlying reason for their popularity lies in a variety of factors including but not limited to cost-effectiveness, safety, variety, low maintenance, and durability. Houston area shingle roof installation incurs less costs, provides excellent protection against fire as opposed to metal roofs and comes in a variety of roofing colors and hence provide users with unique aesthetics. In terms of durability, these roofs can live for an average of 20-50 years, which is which is longer than many people live in one home.

Pros for Shingle roof

Well-matched with a variety of structural designs

Shingle roofs vary based on the material. Asphalt is conventional and the most widely used given its ability to be applied to a variety of architectural designs. It is relatively durable as well and comes in two distinct options, i.e., Asphalt composition and Asphalt structural shingle types. Asphalt composition has a lifespan of between 15-20 years while Asphalt architectural shingle types can last from 30 to 50 years. The former is the least expensive hence very affordable, whereas the latter is more durable. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, weights, styles, and designs, thus providing custom made materials at buyers’ discretion. Fiberglass and organic options, for instance, offer buyers with variety in terms of price, color, and patterns.

Easy to install and maintain

Installation of asphalt roofs is easy, inexpensive and relatively fast, usually taking about two days. This is, however, dependent on the size of the house and may require skills, albeit not on a larger scale. Removal of old shingles may, however, complicate the ease of installation. Maintenance is also relatively low hence providing an edge over other options.

Cost-effective

Relative to other shingle types, asphalt shingles may not be as durable. However, the magnitude of protection offered is significant, and with the lower material costs, this option is considered cost-effective. Most shingle roof installers will provide professional roofing services at pocket-friendly prices you cannot turn down. Be sure to carefully search out quality roofing contractors.

Highly efficient

One of the unique attributes of Asphalt shingles is energy efficiency. They are fitted with a cool roof technology that serves to reduce roof heat absorption and hence lowering energy bills. The use of rebates that meets energy star standards can save more money. They are also less detrimental to the environment, given their ability to be recycled and layered on old asphalt layers.

Cons for Shingle roof 

Prone to damages

Durability is subject to climatic conditions and materials may require repair based on the extent of damage, the timeliness of which is essential. Replacement should be made when considered necessary to enhance usefulness and performance. Factors affecting the longevity of these materials include storm damages, exposure to the sun, and excessive heat, among others.

Cracks and Fades Easily

These shingles do not perform to standards when exposed to excessive heat as this causes cracking and fading of color. Extreme temperature fluctuations may also cause rapid expansion and contractions, which leads to cracks and hence damage. Installation at extremely low temperatures may also subject these shingles to damage.

Hazardous to the environment

Asphalt is a product of petroleum and may release harmful gaseous emissions into the atmosphere during production. They are therefore not very suitable to people who are extra conscious of eco-friendliness. Better environmentally friendly options exist, thereby providing alternatives to this shingle option. 

Less durable

Asphalt shingle types are also less durable as compared to other options such as clay, metal, and slate. These options have a longer lifespan and better resistance to damage from harsh weather conditions. It is also not advisable to use asphalt shingles on flat roofs because the possibility of weathering is higher than steeper-sloped roofs.  

For the best shingle roof installation, you should consider the architectural designs of the house to a more significant extent. The home design determines what option best fits your needs and hence offering guidance to a shingle roof type that will address all your roofing requirements. 

Look at City Codes before you select a roof style!

Some areas have restrictions, so before you re-roof check them out carefullly. Your local roofing contractor should be able to guide you through the process. Links to city code / ordinances below:

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