Information about Asphalt Shingles
When it comes time for a San Antonio roof replacement it's hard to argue with the benefits and popularity of asphalt composition shingles. 8 out of 10 homes in North America are fitted with asphalt shingles. Installation time is minimal, costs are low, and the style is subtle. There has to be a reason that those 20% of the houses opted for other roofing materials though, and it's true asphalt does have a few downfalls.
San Antonio Asphalt Shingle Costs
Your quote for San Antonio replacement roofing will vary greatly depending on the pitch of your roof, if tear-off of old material is needed, and if any other special equipment is required to successfully complete the job. From strictly a material standpoint however the costs for asphalt shingle will be lower than any other material. For every 10' by 10' area (a roofing square) covered in asphalt shingles consumers can expect to pay around $90. Compare that same area to $300+ for metal roofing and $600-$700 for slate and you'll see just how significant those cost savings can be.
Asphalt Shingle Life Span
While the upfront costs of a San Antonio shingle roof replacement are appealing, you may be paying that price 2-3X over the course of your property ownership compared to other material types. The legitimate life span of an asphalt roof is about 18-20 years compared to 50+ for most other roofing types (besides wood shakes). Asphalt starts to show wear earlier as well as the granules start eroding and heavy wind storms start to loosen the nails.
Asphalt Energy Efficiency
The most energy-efficient roofing types are going to be ones that reflect the sun's heat instead of absorbing it. If you've ever stood on a hot blacktop pavement in 100° heat you'll know that asphalt isn't the ideal material for reflection. San Antonio roof installation of asphalt shingles will have a considerable effect on your utility bills because they bring warmth into the home or business. Proper ventilation will help with this, but most people take higher bills as an accepted fact of low upfront costs.
Asphalt Shingle Intangibles
Obviously if 80% of homes have asphalt shingles, they don't offer much in the way of unique style. Also although recycling programs are increasing, asphalt shingles are the most eco-unfriendly roofing material option. Basic shingles are prone to hail and wind damage and they can incite leaks as they are damaged when walking upon, especially in Texas' hot climate.
Please contact us at 210-693-1727 for more information about asphalt shingles for San Antonio roof replacement. They are the most budget-conscious roofing material available, especially if you plan on moving or remodeling your home in the next 5-10 years. Give us a call today!