Are you looking to replace your roof, but not sure what material to use?

A roof replacement is a large job and a big decision. You don’t want to pick an unsuitable material and have to replace it again in a few years. Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material in the United States, so you are probably already considering it for your home.

To help you make the best decision, we have put together the pros and cons of an asphalt roof.

What are Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingle is an asphalt-saturated base made or fiberglass or waste paper. It is then covered in another layer of asphalt.

This is then covered in a coating of mineral fillers which makes it waterproof. Fiberglass shingles are highly resistant to fire, whereas organic shingles are more durable.


Asphalt shingles can mimic the look of tile, wood shake, or slate. They provide a range of color and style options to match other exterior home features. You can find options that match your garage doors, window shutters, and sidings.

Another benefit is that they are usually the best-priced option for roofs. Not only are they well priced, if installed right they can last up to 25 years.

Asphalt shingles are easy to install. They are lightweight enough that they don’t need any extra structural support. There is also no need for any special tools or major prep work that needs to do beforehand.

In some cases, you can even opt to layer one set on top of an existing set. This can further reduce the installation cost and time required.

The mineral granule layer on top of the shingles deflects UV rays from the sun. This can benefit your home by helping to prevent excess heat in your home. UV rays can also be damaging to your roof and asphalt shingles can help slow that down.


If installed during freezing temperatures, asphalt shingles can be damaged. Because they are not as durable as other roofing materials, they can lift during strong winds. They may also crack easier if exposed to varying temperature fluctuations.

Although asphalt shingles can be recycled, they are not environmentally-friendly in their manufacture. The granules that form the protective layer over the shingles can also dislodge during hail storms and bad weather. This, in turn, can weaken the roof and lead to leaks.

Excess moisture can get trapped beneath roof moss. If left unattended, this can begin to break down the shingles leading to curling edges and corners. This can lead to leaks as water can get in.

These factors add up to mean that it isn’t as durable as other roof materials. You can expect the lifetime of an asphalt shingle roof to last around 20-25 years. This might sound like a while, but it is actually a short time for a new roof.

Is an Asphalt Roof Right For You?

An asphalt roof provides cost-effective and an easy to install roof that can match and enhance any house design. However, weather can take its toll, leaving a roof with a shorter lifespan than some other roofing materials.

If you think asphalt shingles are right for you or want to discuss your other roofing options, contact our roofing team at Concord Roofing. We would be glad to help you with all your roofing needs.