A big advantage of asphalt shingle roofs, including dimensional shingles, is their cost. Because they are easy to manufacture and to install, asphalt shingles are inexpensive compared to other roofing materials.
Asphalt shingle roofs are easy to install, flexible and sturdy, making them compatible with many roof designs.
Asphalt shingles come in dozens of designs and textures, including the new dimensional asphalt shingles. Also, asphalt roof shingles can be manufactured to look like more expensive, natural materials. You can have a roof that looks like cedar shakes, slate, tile, or wood.
Color choices are more varied than ever, depending on your taste and the style of your home. You’ll generally find tones ranging from pale gray, medium gray and dark gray to beige, reddish and medium brown to dark brown, plus shades of blue and blue green. There are also variegated looks achieved by mixing light and dark tones skillfully, plus weathered looks designed to make a new roof-look suit a vintage house. There are interactive tools online that can help you “try on” colors and styles to find the asphalt shingle best suited to your home.
Some roofing materials require regular maintenance (like shake shingles), whereas asphalt shingles require almost no maintenance. While they aren’t as tough as tile shingles, they do hold up fairly well to the challenges of Mother Nature. If they are damaged, asphalt shingles are easily repaired and inexpensive to replace by qualified roof replacement and maintenance experts.