Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Asphalt Shingles

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“There are many reasons to go with asphalt shingles. What's important is knowing why you are choosing asphalt”

Jeff Doan, owner and CEO

Jeff Doan

CEO, Owner & Operator

Owyhee Roofing and Remodeling

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As a roofing business owner, I’ve fielded many questions over the years. One of the most common ones has to be, "What kind of roof is right for my home?" And while there's no one-size-fits-all answer to this, there is one option that's been incredibly popular among homeowners for years - asphalt shingles.

But let's not rush into anything just yet. It's important to weigh the pros and cons to see if this is the roofing option that works best for your home and budget.



There's no beating around the bush here - roofing can get expensive. But with asphalt shingles, you've got an option that's wallet-friendly without sacrificing quality. They're one of the most cost-effective roofing materials on the market.


Whether your house is a charming Victorian or a sleek modern design, asphalt shingles will fit right in. They come in a vast array of colors, sizes, and styles, and they can mimic more expensive materials like slate or wood.

Easy Installation

Some roofing materials require specialized training or equipment to install, but not asphalt shingles. They're relatively quick and easy to install, which means less labor cost and less time your home is under construction.

Durability and Longevity

Asphalt shingles are built to withstand common weather issues like wind, rain, and even fire (when class A rated). They also resist algae growth, a common problem in more humid areas.

Low Maintenance

These shingles require very little upkeep. In most cases, all you need is a quick annual inspection and occasional cleaning.



While asphalt shingles are durable, they typically don't last as long as other materials like metal or tile. The average lifespan is about 15-30 years, depending on the quality of the shingle and your local weather conditions.

Environmental Impact

Asphalt shingles are petroleum-based, which isn't the greenest option out there. While there are recycling programs for old shingles, not all regions have access to these.

Vulnerability to Extreme Weather

Though asphalt shingles can handle typical weather conditions, they might not fare as well with extreme heat or rapid temperature fluctuations. They can become brittle and crack, which can lead to leaks.

Aesthetic Limitations

While asphalt shingles are versatile, they might not provide the high-end look some homeowners desire. They mimic more expensive materials, but there is still a difference that a discerning eye will catch.


Asphalt shingles are heavier than some other roofing materials. While this usually isn't a problem, if your home has a weaker structure, it may need reinforcement before an asphalt roof can be installed.

Like anything in life, it's about balancing what you want with what you need. If you're looking for a roofing option that's cost-effective, versatile, and relatively easy to maintain, asphalt shingles could be a great choice. But if you're aiming for an ultra-long lifespan or a very high-end aesthetic, you might want to explore other options.

Remember, we're here to help you make the best decision for your home. Feel free to drop us a line if you want to discuss this or any other roofing matter further. After all, it's not just a roof; it's what keeps you and your family safe and sound.

Owyhee Roofing and Remodeling

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We're a locally owned family business that has been operating in the Treasure Valley for over 16 years. We have experience in all areas of remodeling and roof construction and work hard to gain our customers trust and their business.

Here at Owyhee, we make it our business to get to know you and your unique situation. We'll come out for free and inspect your house and roof, providing you with a detailed quote and options to best suit your renovation interests. Along with the inspection, we'll educate you on the process and practices necessary to create a long lasting impression. Call us today and set up your own appointment!

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