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Asphalt Shingles Roofing; Pros & Cons, best alternative

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Asphalt Shingles Roofing; Pros & Cons, best alternative

Asphalt Shingles Roofing is one of the popular choices among building owners due to its beauty and variety of colors.

Originally shingles are small rounded pebbles – especially found on a seashore. But in roof construction and building, it is a rectangular tile of asphalt composite, wood, metal, or slate.

To know what materials they are made of, in what climate they can be used for; and whether it is affordable to buy asphalt shingles  or not, continue reading…


asphalt shingles roofing


What is Asphalt Shingles Roofing?

This is a type of overlapping roofing material and are made of asphalt and fiberglass coated with colorful granules. Asphalt shingle granules can help the roof resist against UV rays. The overlapping process can improve sealing and make a tight barrier to prevent water and leaks – to some extent.



Types of Asphalt Roofs

There are 3 main types of asphalt shingles that are used to cover the roofs of buildings: each of them has its own unique beauty, price and lifespan:



3-tab Shingles

Also known as Strip Shingles, are made of one layer flat shingles and the most basic types. They are recognized by their simple and basic appearance. Due to their one-layer and easy installation; 3 tab shingles are affordable and have the most economical price among the other types of asphalt shingles roofing.

3 tab shingles have shorter life expectancy. Due to their thin layer of construction; their lifespan is around 15 years.

asphalt shingles roofing

Dimensional Shingles

Architectural or Laminated shingles are the other names used for dimensional asphalt roofing shingles. As the name shows, they have a dimensional and textured look and increase the beauty of the roof. That is why they are more expensive than strip shingles.

Architectural asphalt shingles are the most common and popular asphalt shingles. They are heavier and more durable than 3 tab shingles and their lifespan is around 25 years.

Dimensional Shingles

Luxury Shingles

They are also known as Premium or Designer shingles. Luxury shingles are made of asphalt and synthetic or natural fibers. Multiple layers and thicker cut can turn them from a traditional roof type to a more premium appearance. Wide variety of colors and styles allow you to customize them. These asphalt shingles  are more durable and energy efficient plus being a fire-resistant construction materials, all together make luxury shingles more expensive but also increases the value of their purchase.

The lifespan of luxury asphalt shingles is about 30 years.


Luxury Shingles


Cost of Asphalt Shingle in 2023-2024

As mentioned above, there are 3 main types of asphalt shingles. The price varies according to their type. For instance for a 3 tab shingles the average cost per square foot is around $5.00. But a simple architectural shingle roof is around $8.00. On a gable roof with luxury shingles it costs around $12.00.

To calculate the overall cost of the asphalt shingles roofing; the complexity of roof design should be considered too – The steep pitch and height, valleys, peaks, roof lining, etc.

And after estimating the material costs, you need to pay for the installation too. Normally the cost of labor for asphalt shingles varies from place to place. But they may charge something between $60 to $100.



Factors that affect the cost of asphalt shingles roofing

  • Material of shingle roofs
  • Size of the roof and complexity of design
  • Amount of roof decks
  • Labor
  • Repair & Replacement
  • shingle roof brand
  • Geographical area
  • ventilation
  • warranties


Roof Installation

The asphalt shingles roofing have an easy installation process


Roof Installation

 How to install asphalt shingle roof?

  • Remove dirt and debris
  • if you want to replace the old roof, carefully remove them and clean the areas (in case of installing UPVC roof sheets, there is no need to remove the old one. just place it on top and that’s it)
  • Install flashing & shingle layout and decks
  • Install your roof shingles


Advantage & Disadvantages of Asphalt Roof Shingles

What are the pros and cons of asphalt shingles roofing?


Pros of asphalt shingles roofing:

  • Variety of colors
  • Simple Installation
  • Sound impact
  • Recyclable & eco-friendly
  • Resistant to fire
  • Reasonably Priced



Cons of asphalt shingles roofing

Cons of asphalt shingles roofing



Lifespan of asphalt shingle roofs

As we mentioned above, asphalt shingles roofing have shorter lifespan – compared to other types of roofing materials. The average life expectancy of asphalt roof shingles are around 30 years.


Roof slope

Asphalt roof shingles can only be installed on roofs with certain steeps. They are not suited on low-sloped or flat roofs.


Susceptible to high winds & damage

Asphalt shingles roofing is always in danger of cracking and breaking due to harsh weather and heavy wind. Especially if you’re leaving in coastal areas.


Cons of asphalt shingles roofing

Repairs & Maintenance

Severe weather can effect negatively on asphalt shingles. Since there is a high chance of growing moss and algae, you need to check your shingle roof quite often. In asphalt shingles roofing, repair and maintenance costs a lot.


Mildew and Mold

This drawback in asphalt shingles roofing happens more in areas far from sunlight. As asphalt roof shingles are prone to moisture and can absorb water easily, they need to be sealed, cleaned.  they should be dried up in sunlight.



Does sunlight and heat affect asphalt shingles roofing?

UV rays and temperature fluctuations can cause significant damage to asphalt shingles. They change the molecular structure of the shingle layers and lead to the breakdown of the surface materials that protect the shingle roof.

It affects the protective granules and cause them to fall off. UV rays and excessive heat can also cause the asphalt roof shingles to over dry and start to crack.



Related article: Shingles in UAE


 Why is UPVC the best alternative for Asphalt Shingles?

UPVC Shingle


UPVC Shingle


All disadvantages of installing asphalt shingles roofing can be resolved by replacing them with UPVC roof sheets. Here are only some of advantages of UPVC roofing sheets over asphalt shingles.



Comparison between asphalt shingles and uPVC roof

Comparison between asphalt shingles and uPVC roof




  • Asphalt shingle roofing absorbs cold and heat and transfer to the roof and the entire house. For instance in hot weather it spreads heat and in cold climate it transfers coolness under the roof. But in UPVC roof tiles, in summer it preserves cold. That is why it is the best choice for carports, shelters and awnings.


  • Asphalt shingles are heavy and the roofing system of all houses cannot sustain the heavy weight. Besides, it makes the roof price more expensive. Whereas in uPVC roofing system, due to their lightweight and durability; they are more resistant in high winds and can be installed on all kinds of roofs and buildings.


  • Buildings in wet or coastal areas have algae and mold issues. So there is no point of installing asphalt shingles roofing as they absorb them easily. On the contrary, UPVC roofs are specifically designed to work in coastal and cold areas – due to its material, proper overlapping and sealing.


  • Strong winds can easily tear asphalt shingle roofs. UPVC roof panels are installed by flat corpies – which prevents the impact and pressure of high wind and storm and makes the roof firmly attached to the house.


Other advantages of UPVC roofs compared to asphalt shingles roofing

UPVC Shingle

  • Lightweight & flexible
  • No need for extra insulation and hence lower price
  • Resist against temperature changes
  • Resist against impact – heat – UV rays – cold
  • Excellent overlapping and sealing features
  • Lower maintenance & repair costs
  • Self-cleaning
  • Applicable on all types of roofs
  • Lower price
  • Longer life span – 50 years
  • Energy-efficient
  • UPVC roof sheets color do not fade away
  • Anti-corrosion and Rust

UPVC Shingle



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What are the types of asphalt shingles roofing?

3-tab Shingles – Dimensional Shingles – Luxury Shingles



What is asphalt shingles made of?

Usually, asphalt shingles roofing consist of a thin fiberglass mat coated with a layer of tar and granules.


Why is uPVC a better roof material than asphalt shingles?

Strong and durable UPVC roofing sheets are resistant to moisture and strong winds. UPVC panels are fireproof – cheap and clean roofs for all kinds of livestock sheds – residential and commercial houses. Therefore it is the best alternative for asphalt roofing shingles.


Which one has the longest life span?

Asphalt roof shingles have a lifespan of 30 years at best; while uPVC roofs have a lifespan of up to 50 years.