Some Shortcomings of Asphalt Shingle Roofs For Property Owners

Truthfully, any wise homeowner will want to use asphalt shingle roofs as a new roof or replacement for their Littleton, CO property. However, these roofing materials are only average. On the other hand, their cost-efficiency is undeniable even if they can only last for 20-30 years. Here are some shortcomings of asphalt shingle roofs for property owners.


Elevated sections and small areas on your shingles are blisters, which have absorbed so much heat from the sun. While top-performing asphalt shingles rarely display this, most asphalt shingles display signs of blistering by the end of their lifespan.


Asphalt shingles that fail to repel moisture during rainfall will penetrate the material and cause it to buckle. Continuous moisture will cause it to curl during the summer months.

Heat Splitting

Continuously blistered asphalt shingles will split and tear over time. They might show corroded, dried, and grainy textures as well.

Short Yet Dependable Lifespan

Asphalt shingle roofs will have a dependable lifespan that only lasts for 20-30 years. This might be a disadvantage to some homeowners planning to have a long-term roofing lifespan.

Modernize lists the pros and cons of asphalt shingle roofs below. Read more about it here.

Advantages of Asphalt Shingle Roofs

  • Asphalt 3-tab shingles are one of the most affordable roofing materials. The average cost of asphalt shingle roofing is $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot. Architectural asphalt shingles are also an option at a much higher price point— $22 to 28 per square foot.
  • Asphalt shingles are affordable to install. They can be applied directly over old shingles, providing the roof deck is in good condition.
  • Asphalt shingles are considered Class A fire resistant— withstanding a fire burning for up to two hours. If you live in a fire-prone area, discuss roofing options with your contractor as many other roofing types may be superior to asphalt.

These shingles are readily available at most home improvement stores.

Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingle Roofs

  • Asphalt shingles have the shortest life span of the roofing materials mentioned in this post. An asphalt shingle roof should last 15 to 30 years, but other roofing materials can last 50 years or more.

  • Asphalt shingles are vulnerable to strong winds, heat, and storm damage.

  • While asphalt shingles are recyclable —and often used in pavement— they are not considered environmentally friendly. Producing these shingles creates a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. (Continued)

If you need the best roofing services for installations, repairs, and replacements, you can count on us at Roper Roofing all the time. Contact us today to learn more about the best roofing services in Littleton, CO.


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Golden, CO 80401

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