Shingle roofs are the most common roof out there. Many people instinctively think of shingles when imagining a roof, but there are many options out there. Shingles are a traditional choice for many homes. The benefits of having a shingle roof are plentiful, especially its low upfront cost, ease of installation and access to all the installation materials. There are many pros and cons to having a shingle roof

Advantages of Choosing Shingle Roofing

Financial Preference – Shingles are cheaper than metal roofing as a one-time cost, which is preferred by many homeowners. This accounts for the majority of shingle installs.

Easier to Install & Replace – The best thing about shingles is that they require less time and labor for both installation and replacement. They come prepackaged and ready to be immediately nailed to the deck. 

Less Expensive Repairs – Shingles are also easier and cheaper to fix in the event there is damage from a storm. Most shingles can be removed one at a time near the source of an issue and require fewer materials to fix. 

More Warranty Coverage – Shingle roofing can come with a number of warranty offers from both the manufacturer and the contractor. For example, popular problems covered by shingle warranties:

  • Manufacturer error
  • Material defect
  • Algae growth
  • Maximum wind-resistance limit (based on the type of shingle)
  • Contractor error

Disadvantages to Choosing Shingle Roofing

Short Life Cycle – Depending on the material, most shingle roofs last about 25 years. The need for replacements are very common with shingles.

Long-Term Repair Costs – Shingles typically end up costing more in the long-run because of the repairs and replacements that occur in its lifetime. 

Damages Easier – Shingles can be damaged due to many factors, such as wind, water, and fire damage, especially during extreme weather conditions such as wind, hail, and snow.

Mildew, Mold, & Algae – Have you ever walked or driven by a building that had some unsightly green or dark coating on a part of the roof? You’ve seen one of the most common problems with shingle roofing. If there is excess moisture that is unable to dry because it lacks access to the sun, it could grow mold, mildew, or algae.

No matter the pros and cons, shingle roofs are the most affordable and approved roof material type in the U.S. Options Exteriors has the best roofers in the Minnesota area for shingle repairs and replacements. We’ll come out free of charge to provide the best information so you know what to choose for your home’s new roof. 

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