Asphalt shingle is by far the most widely used roofing system on steep-slope roofing applications. And for good reason, too: Architectural shingle roofing systems now carry a limited lifetime warranty.
Although this type of shingle is referred to by different names, most roofing shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles. The fiberglass mat embedded in the shingle provides an extra measure of strength, protection, and tear resistance.
These shingles are the most popular type of roofing for sloped roofs because they're affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of "laminated" asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years.
Asphalt shingles are available in three profiles: 3-Tab (basic and least costly), Laminated (Architectural or Dimensional), and Premium. In addition to the style/design options, there are up to 20-25 different colors to choose from. With such a wide range of available options, you are sure to find a perfect match.
By far the greatest advantage of composition shingles roofing is its relatively low upfront cost. This is the most affordable roofing option in the short term, which is why so many homeowners favor it. In most cases, a properly installed asphalt shingles roof will provide your home with a decent level of protection with an average lifespan of 12 to 17 years, all for a modest upfront cost.
A shingle roof system installation takes much less time and expertise than installation of other materials, such as metal and tile roofs, making them more cost efficient as well. A relatively easy installation process results in reduced labor costs and therefore a less expensive overall roofing system.
Quality asphalt shingles that are properly installed can last for as long as 30 years, but unpredictable damage, such as storm or animal damage, can happen. If just a couple of shingles are damaged or blown away, you can have just the damaged or missing shingles replaced. This is not always the case with other roofing systems, such as traditional metal roofing.