The Pros and Cons of Shingle Roofs

31August 2020

There are many different options you can choose from for your roofing material. Each one of them will have advantages and disadvantages. Because your roof plays such a vital role in your home’s security and protection, you want to make the best choice possible. You want to look closely at the material used for your roof, as you do not want one that will not protect your house, or will end up costing you in constant repairs. A shingle roof is a common choice among homeowners. These are some of the pros and cons of having a shingle roof on your home.

Pros of Having a Single Roof

These are the benefits you will find with having a single roof:

  • Shingles fit any style-The curb appeal of your home is very important. This appeal is especially important if you decide to sell your house. Shingles are visually flexible and come in a variety of different styles. There are three styles to choose from; the three-tab, laminated, and premium. These shingles will fit a wide range of home styles and not look out of place.
  • Shingles are easy to replaceHaving a shingle roof means that if only part or even one shingle gets damaged, it can be replaced. You will not have to replace the entire roof if only a few, part or one becomes damaged. 
  • A shingle roof is inexpensive-  From all the choices you have for protecting your home, a shingle roof is the least expensive. This type of roofing material is the most affordable choice, making them an excellent choice for homeowners on a budget. 
  • A shingle roof is easy to install- Shingles are light and easy to work with, such as if they need cutting to fit a space. There is very little prep work involved with having a shingle roof, and you do not need special tools to put them in place. Because a shingle roof is so easy to install, it takes less time to complete the job.

Cons of Having a Shingle Roof

While there are several pros to having a shingle roof, there are also some drawbacks or cons for these roof types:

  • Shingles can crack- Because the asphalt shingle is so light, it can crack easily, especially if exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations. If you live in an area with extreme fluctuations in temperatures, it will cause the shingles to contract and expand. These contractions will result in cracks. Extreme heat is hard on the shingle roof as it will often crack under the hot temps. 
  • A shingle roof is not a unique lookShingles are not going to hurt your house’s curb appeal, but because they are so commonly used, they do not give it a unique look. Shingles as your roofing material will not make your house stand out among the rest as wood shingles or shakes would provide. 
  • Shingles are vulnerable to the wind- If you use a cheaper version of the asphalt shingle on your house, it can be susceptible to strong winds. Winds can cause the shingles to detach, which puts your roof at risk for leaks. 
  • A roof with shingles doesn’t last as longShingles are lighter and cheaper than other roofing choices. These products do not last as long as some of the other options. 

There are several choices for you to choose from when putting a roof over your home. Talk with the experts at Lake Travis Roofing to find the best and most affordable solution to your roofing needs.