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The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

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Hold onto Your Hats: Get Ready for the Grand Standoff between Asphalt Shingles!

Did you wake up today, looked up at your roof, and found yourself contemplating the pros and cons of asphalt shingles? Odds are, you’re not alone. With the increasing popularity of asphalt roof shingles, it would be odd not to. Presented to you by Roofs By Don in Marietta, this article will break down the ups and downs of this roofing choice for residential and commercial properties.

A Bird’s Eye View: What are Asphalt Shingles?

Ever looked up at a roof and wondered, “What’s that made of?” Chances are, you were looking at asphalt roofing shingles. But these are not just any shingles; let’s think of them as the lovechild of durability and affordability—the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of roofing materials if you will. Asphalt shingles are a go-to choice for roofing, and not without reason. Let’s uncover what makes them so special.

The Pros: Like a Shiny Golden Coin

Anyone tossed a coin high up and watched it twirl in all its shimmering glory? Well, asphalt shingles can provide that kind of visual upgrade for your humble (or not-so-humble) abode. Here are a few of their additional charming attributes:


Remember the last time you dug into your pocket and found that long-forgotten five-dollar bill? Yeah, choosing asphalt shingles feels a bit like that too. They offer a huge bang for your buck compared to other roofing materials.


Imagine the Rock (Dwayne Johnson, not an actual rock) protecting your house from hail, wind, and rain. Asphalt shingles are like Dwayne, minus the dazzling smile. They have an impressive lifespan, stretching from 20 to 30 years with proper maintenance.

Stunning Aesthetic Appeal

Who doesn’t want their roof looking as sharp as George Clooney on the red carpet? An asphalt shingle roof offers various styles and colors. It’s like playing dress-up but for your house.

Easy Installation

Imagine assembling a LEGO kit without a manual. Scary, right? Thankfully, installing an asphalt shingle roof is not. It’s easier than other roofing types, keeping the metaphorical grey hairs at bay.

The Cons: Like a Mischievous Kitten

Like a playful kitten that charms you one moment and scratches your favorite chair the next, asphalt shingles come with their drawbacks.

Temperature Sensitivity

Too cold or too hot can make your asphalt shingles curl up, just like how Goldilocks felt when the porridge wasn’t just right. Extreme weather conditions may affect the durability of these shingles.

Algae Growth

Algae growth is a dreaded enemy of aesthetics. Much like spinach stuck in your teeth on prom night, algae can make your asphalt shingles look much less appealing.

Environmental Concerns

Replacing asphalt shingles might lead to more roofing materials in the landfill than if you were to pick a roof with a longer lifespan. Picture a crowd of discarded shingles screaming “recycle me!” That’s a con worth considering.

Asphalt Shingles: Your Roofing Superhero or Villain?

No superhero unarguably fits all, and no roofing material, including asphalt shingles, can either. The coin has two sides, and in this case, both glisten in the sun and shiver in the wind. In this drama of weighing pros and cons, your personal preferences, property type, and location have the starring roles.

If the charm of affordability, resilience, and a tremendously elegant asphalt shingle roof light up your eyes, knock on the door of Roofs By Don. Our trusted team in Marietta will be delighted to transform your roofing dreams into a stunning reality. Cue the applause!

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