Choosing what material you want for your roof can get confusing. After all, there are so many products on the market today. Roofing materials range from cedar shingles to slate. However, one of the most popular products, asphalt shingles, is still one of the best. An asphalt shingle roof is not only affordable, but it's easy to repair, if necessary, and adapts to most any type of design and architecture.

Benefits of choosing an asphalt shingle roof

1. Relatively low cost. An asphalt shingle roof is one of the most affordable types of roofs available, much less than clay, metal or slate. The average asphalt roof costs between $3,962 and $5,111, according to Home

2. Lightweight. Asphalt shingles are much lighter than wood shingles, metal and slate. That means you generally won't need to reinforce your roofing supports in order to carry the weight of this type of roof.

3. Versatility. This type of roof goes well with most any type of architecture. In addition, asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colors, from traditional black to mauve to dark green to grey. There are even asphalt shingles made to look like clay tiles or cedar shingles.

4. Easy to repair. If one or two shingles happen to blow off of your roof in a windstorm, it's easy and affordable to simply replace the missing shingles. With some other types of roofing materials, such as metal sheeting or clay tiles, you'd have to remove an entire section of the roof to make a small repair.

5. Reduced maintenance. Asphalt shingles don't need to be re-sealed periodically like cedar shingles do.

6. Durable. While they aren't quite as long-lasting as slate shingles, the average asphalt shingle roof will last for around 15 to 30 years.

7. Easy installation. Asphalt shingles are easy to install, compared to other types of roofing materials. That means that your roofing crew can have your new roof in place in just a few days, depending on the size of your roof. This compares to a week or longer for materials like cedar shingles, slate or clay tile.

8. Recyclable. When it does come time to replace your asphalt shingle roof, the old shingles can be recycled and used to make road paving material, keeping them out of Canada's landfills.

While an asphalt shingle roof may not be the right choice for every home and every homeowner, this type of roof offers many advantages over other types of roofing, not the least of which is its relatively low price tag.

For more information, contact Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. or a similar company.