A roof made of gray asphalt shingles, Dowell Roofing, Murfreesboro Roofers
June 11, 2015

All You Need to Know About Asphalt Shingles

In the roofing world, asphalt shingles are considered the workhouse of roofing materials. They have seen a lot of advancements in recent years and are not nearly identified as easily as they once were. They are a great option for a budget-minded homeowner who needs a new roof, as well as someone looking to change up the look of their roof.

Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of asphalt shingles that make them such a reliable roofing material.


Asphalt shingles are widely regarded as one of the least expensive roofing options on the market, and extended warranties can only add value to an asphalt shingle roof. Saving money on the upfront cost of your roof can free up some funds that can go towards other home improvements.

Wide Variety of Styles

Years ago, you could look at a roof of asphalt shingles from your car and know exactly what you were looking at. That is not the case today, however, as we have seen many upgrades made to the way these shingles look. They can fit any style of home exterior or roof style. In some cases, they can even mimic the look of much more expensive materials, such as slate or tile. Color options are not in short supply and you can experiment with variegated looks that combine different tones and shades.

Easy Installation

Installing asphalt shingles doesn’t require specialized training or decades of experience, even though you should always trust a roofing professional with any installations or repairs to your roof. A trained professional will have no trouble putting up asphalt shingles, which will cut down on labor costs. Always explore options and get multiple quotes before deciding on a roofing contractor. Since asphalt shingles are easy to install, there are many roofers that will be able to install them, which means they will be competing for your business, and not the other way around. They can be applied to a large variety of pitches and shapes of roofs as well.

A roof made of gray asphalt shingles

Long Life Span

Considering the price, asphalt shingles are an amazing value in terms of durability. Depending on your local climate, these roofs can last for as long as 30 years! Those who experience brutally long summer, much like those in the Middle Tennessee area, will have to repair them sooner than others, but the tough nature of the shingles will still hold up longer than you would imagine. We benefit from gradual temperature changes in Middle Tennessee, as sharp drops or raises in temperature hurt asphalt shingles the most.

Whether you are on a strict budget or are looking for a fresh new look, asphalt shingles can be just the right answer for your home. If you are in need of a new roof or just have some repairs you have been putting off, don’t hesitate to contact Dowell Roofing today!

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