Asphalt shingles are still one of the most popular roofing materials for roofs because of their many benefits. With so many colors and options from which to choose, you can find the perfect asphalt roof to match your business.
If your business has a slanted roof and you've noticed signs of damage, you believe the roof needs to be replaced, or you're considering switching to a new material, check out these five benefits of asphalt shingle roofs to determine if one is right for you.
1. They Are One of the Most Affordable Options
Asphalt shingle roofs are very affordable - you'll only pay about $1 to $4 per square foot for the installation and materials. Therefore, a standard 1,700 to 2,100 square foot roof should cost between $1,700 and $8,400. If you have a steep sloped roof, however, the price will likely increase because there is more area to cover.
Other roofing materials, such as slate tile, may cost closer to $9 to $10 per square foot. Although, materials like slate also have a longer lifespan of about 50 or more years.
2. They Are Lightweight
When choosing a roofing material, you must also consider the weight because some roofs can't handle heavy slate and concrete tiles. If your roof is particularly steep, it may be a good candidate for these heavy materials, because it may already have enough support to hold the heavy roofing materials.
If your roof doesn't have adequate support, you'll need to choose another roofing material or make the roof system stronger. Thankfully, asphalt shingles are so light that they can be used on nearly any roof without causing stress or damage.
3. They Are Good in Most Environments
Another benefit of choosing asphalt shingles is they work in most environments. Because they are lightweight, they are okay in areas with lots of snow and heavy rainfall. However, if you do live in an area with lots of rain, moisture, or humidity, you can expect moss to grow on the roof.
Also, in hot climates, the shingles can dry out and become brittle from the UV exposure. In cold climates, it may be best to choose dark singles so they absorb more heat from the sun, and in warm climates, choose lighter colored shingles to reflect the sunlight.
4. Their Maintenance Is Minimal and Simple
To keep your asphalt roof looking great and working well longer, you need to maintain it, which includes:
- Removing debris, such as leaves and tree branches
- Keeping the gutters clean to promote proper drainage
- Checking shingles for signs of cracking, curling, chips, etc.
- Checking for moss and algae
You should also consider trimming any branches that hang over the roof to prevent debris and potential damage. If you do spot moss, you may be able to remove it yourself with a brush, but if your shingles are showing signs of damage or age, a professional cleaning is your best choice to prevent further damage.
5. They Allow for Future Overlay
Since asphalt shingles are so light, they often allow for an overlay instead of a total replacement, when repair is necessary. With an overlay, instead of removing the old shingles and then installing new ones, new singles are placed directly over the old roof.
This saves you money, but it doesn't address any underlying problems, such as holes in the decking. Your local laws will also dictate how many overlays you are allowed to install before the roof must be completely replaced.Your roof is incredibly important to keep the inside of your business safe, so if you spot damage or wear and tear, it's best to seek repairs fast. At Bartch Roofing Company, we provide excellent commercial roof repair and installation. For more information about commercial roofing materials or asphalt shingles, contact us today.