From cost effectiveness and energy efficiency to variety and easy installation, there are many reasons why asphalt shingles are still a popular roofing choice today. Their affordability is probably one of the biggest reasons, as they represent a cost effective way to protect your roof. Those savings can really add up, especially when you have to cover a large roof area.
If it’s time for roof replacement on an existing property or brand new installation on new construction, partnering with an experienced Fargo roofing contractor is key. Let’s take a look at why asphalt shingles are such a popular roofing choice for homeowners in the Fargo area.
Asphalt shingles are still the most cost-effective roofing material on the market today. You get the best of both worlds with asphalt shingles, giving you a more efficient and durable roof at a lower price tag than, say, metal or slate.
The average cost of asphalt shingle installation on a 3,000 sq. foot roof is between $5,550 and $16,500 as of 2022 (material and labor costs). You will pay a bit more for higher-end asphalt shingles such as architectural shingles, but they are still more affordable than other materials.
Asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of styles, finishes and colors, so it’s easy to complement the color and style of your home with the perfect roof. Three-tab shingles are the most common and they work well with all kinds of home styles. There are also dimensional and premium shingles to choose from, with all options having the ability to resemble other roofing materials such as cedar shakes or slate. Asphalt shingles can increase the property’s curb appeal and can be matched to complement the architectural style of the home.
Asphalt shingles have a lower impact on the environment. Today’s versions are recyclable at the end of their lifespans. The refuse materials can also be repurposed into other products – even for building and repairing roads.
Installing a new roofing system, including the underlayment, can increase the home’s energy efficiency. Such shingles save homeowners and property managers money on energy bills through the reflection of sunlight, absorption of less heat and the blocking of UV rays. In addition, when your HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard to keep the home comfortable, you save on heating and cooling costs while reducing wear and tear on the unit.
Protection Against the Elements
Asphalt shingles can withstand damage from weather and harsh outdoor elements. This is an important factor when living in an area, such as Fargo, that experiences frequent storms, hail and snow. You can even upgrade to impact-resistant shingles that will be better able to resist impacts from debris, while earning you a lower insurance premium. Asphalt shingles also have strong wind resistance, and many come with Class A ratings – the highest fire rating possible.
Resistant to Algae Growth
Algae growth on a roof is bad news. Organic material can eat away at the roof over time, degrading it and leading to a shorter lifespan. Plus, it looks unsightly, taking the form of black stains across the roof. You can invest in asphalt shingles that feature blue-green algae resistance for added protection. This is especially useful if your home is in a wooded or shaded area that doesn’t get a lot of sun and that is damp most of the day.
Easy Installation and Repair
Asphalt roofing systems are easier and quicker to install than other materials, leading to lower labor costs and reduced timelines thanks to faster project completion. Asphalt shingles are also easy to repair when a shingle goes missing or a leak is detected.
Now that you know the reasoning behind the perpetual popularity of asphalt shingles, why not book a consultation on a new roofing system for your home?
Contact Allstar Construction for Roofing in Fargo
Allstar Construction in Fargo specializes in the installation, replacement and repair of asphalt shingle roofs. Please contact us today at (701) 315-8150 to book service or get a quote.