3 Key Attributes Of Installing An Asphalt Shingles For Your Residential Roof

Jan 20, 2021 | Asphalt Shingle Roofing, Blog

Chances are, you don’t think about shingles first thing in the morning as we do. That’s okay. But did you know that asphalt is the most popular shingle material in the United States? Start looking at rooftops around your home or apartment, and you will see it everywhere.

While metal and cedar shingles are growing in popularity, asphalt still reigns supreme. Depending on the type of asphalt you get, it can protect your roof for 30 to 50 years. That kind of durability helps explain its popularity. However, there are other reasons why more homeowners choose asphalt than any other material.


Asphalt Shingles Are the Cheapest Material

Price is the primary reason why people flock to asphalt shingles. They cost approximately $80 to $100 per 100 square feet. Add in the installation fee and you can expect to pay somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000.

If you opt for three-tab shingles, which many homeowners do, you can expect the roof to last up to 20 years. These shingles provide serviceable protection against rain, hail and fire. There are fiberglass varieties of asphalt shingles too, though they cost more.


Asphalt Shingles Are Easy to Install

Metal roofing requires specialized training to install the panels properly. Ceramic tile roofs (made with fired clay or terra cotta) may look gorgeous but the tiles are cumbersome and difficult to work with. On the other hand, asphalt shingles are lightweight and malleable, which makes them a snap to install.

When it comes to replacing your roof quickly, asphalt is the most straightforward option. Roofers need to make only a few decisions to install them compared to their shingle counterparts. Ease of installation also keeps labor prices lower.


The Variety Is Endless

Asphalt shingles come in three primary varieties: three-tab, laminate, and designer. The three-tab is the most commonly used form because of its price. It is a single piece of material that lies flat on the rooftop for a slate-esque look.

Laminate shingles, sometimes known as architectural shingles, are denser because additional materials are layered in to provide better resistance. The improved durability makes laminate shingles ideal for residential roofs. Homeowners also have the option of designer shingles, which mimic natural slate and cedar while providing more weather-resistance than the three-tab variety.


Final Thoughts

Your home is one of the most significant investments you will ever make. That is why it is vital to take the time to consider all of your options when it comes to protecting it from rain, hail, and more. If you are on a tight budget—or love the aesthetic of asphalt shingles—they are certainly worth consideration.

Lumen Construction Roofing has helped homeowners across the greater Plano area upgrade their roofs for years. You can rest assured that we have your roofing needs covered. For a free estimate for an asphalt shingle roof, give us a call today.

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  • Avatar T. Cutt ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I worked with Phillip and it was an amazing experience! We had a rainstorm inside the house after a storm and he came over gave us options, followed up, communicated without making me feel dumb for not understanding roofing. 10/10 will … More use this company when we replace the roof!
  • Avatar Samantha Harrison ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Very professional and thorough roofing company! Michael and Ross were superb in keeping me informed on everything that was being done throughout the entire process! I am extremely pleased with the work that was done. The roof and gutters … More gave my home a complete facelift! Thanks guys!!! I will definitely refer Lumen Construction Roofing to all of my family and friends!Services: Roof inspection, Roof repair for storm & wind damage, Gutter installation, Roof installation
  • Avatar Rohan Kharwar ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Ross and Philip provided exceptional service. We had been having roof leaks for more than 2-3 yrs in certain spots in the house.We had this inspected by multiple roofers and no one was able to figure out where the water was coming from … More in the house as there were no obvious signs of roof damage. Ross and Philip were onsite multiple times and helped figure out the issue and fix it. They were always very professional, always came on time and above all figured out the problem.
    They definitely went above and beyond.
    Regarding the work, they went over all the steps in detail. The work was clean and neat. We will definitely call them for any roofing issues.

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