Selecting a suitable roofing material for your home can be a confusing process, In most cases, high-end roofing options are more durable than less-expensive materials. Other factors like underlayment, sheathing, flashing, and energy efficiency influence the type of roofing materials you can use. It’s vital to strike a balance between these elements.

For these reasons, shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America. 


Asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of 20 years, depending on the climate, storms, and other factors. With the addition of manufacturer warranties and some of the newer, stronger shingles coming into the market, a shingle roof may last much longer! 


Shingles are more cost-effective than comparable materials like metal. Fiberglass shingles come with a fiberglass mesh mat shielded with asphalt. A granule cover reflects sunlight and adds detail to the roof.

Traditional asphalt shingles have a similar structure but utilize paper instead of fiberglass. 

Good Insulation

Cost of energy is a concern for most homeowners. New shingles provide superior insulation, making them ideal for warm and cold weather. Their reflective surface helps to reduce the cost of air conditioning in hot climates.

Fire Resistance

Asphalt fiberglass shingles are Class A fire-resistant building materials. Therefore, they provide the best protection to your home against risks like wildfires.

Wind Resistance

Shingles offer varying wind resistance depending on the design. Low-end varieties can withstand wind uplift of 70 mph, while top class models can survive speeds of up to 130 mph. The skill of the roofing contractor also influences the strength of the roof.

Different Styles

Manufacturers of asphalt shingles provide homeowners with a variety of styles to fit consumer tastes and preferences. Three-tab shingles are the most widespread. Architectural shingles deliver an elegant look with spectacular patterns mimicking slate and cedar roofs. Premium designs allow for roof customization with unique finishes.

Algae Resistance

Algae may not damage a shingle roof, but it can be a nuisance and an eyesore. For this reason, some manufacturers cover algae removal in their warranties, and many roofers also offer roof-cleaning services to keep homes looking great. 

Great Roof; Affordable Cost

Due to many benefits and reasonably low pricing, shingles are the preferred roofing material for most American homes. AIC Roofing and Construction can install an exceptional roof for your home at an affordable price. Contact us today for a free estimate for your next roofing project.

3-tab attics barns chimney choosing a contractor commercial cost curb appeal DIY estimate financing flashing flat roof GAF glossary gutter replacement gutters gutter size gutter system ice dams inspections insurance missing shingles roof design roofing materials roofing system roof leak roof maintenance roof materials roof repair roof replacement roof shapes roof types shingle ratings shingles siding siding materials siding replacement skylights storm damage underlayment ventilation warranty winter