Deciding whether to install an asphalt shingle roof or a rubber roof isn't simple. Both types of roofing materials offer several benefits. However, you can make the decision process easier by learning more about the pros and cons of asphalt shingles and rubber roofs. This way, you have the information you need to make an informed decision.

Things to Consider

When you compare two different types of roofing material, you need to take several things into consideration.

  • Will the roofing material withstand factors, such as heavy ice, fire, and wind, that are common in your area?
  • Will your roof frame support the weight of the roofing material?
  • Do you prefer to use eco-friendly roofing materials?
  • How steep is your roof's slope?
  • How much money are you willing to spend to install a new roof?

Benefits of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are some of the most popular roofing materials available. In fact, asphalt shingle roofs make up between 80 and 85 percent of the residential roofing market — with good reason too. Asphalt shingle roofs have numerous benefits, including:

  • Asphalt shingles are the cheapest roofing material on the market, making them a very cost effective solution.
  • When installed with fire-code compliant underlayment, fiberglass-based asphalt shingles have excellent fire resistance.
  • Class H-rated asphalt shingles are wind resistant in up to 150-mile-per-hour winds.
  • Can be installed on roofs with slight or steep slopes.
  • Easy to repair by replacing only the damaged shingle.

Benefits of Rubber Roofs

Even though rubber roofs can cost three to four times more than the cost of installing an asphalt shingle roof, many people believe that the benefits outweigh the additional cost.

  • Rubber roofing shingles are made using up to 95 percent recycled content, making them ideal for people who want to install an eco-friendly roof.
  • The installation process is as simple as installing asphalt shingles — rubber shingles also have a standard three-tab design and can be cut with a normal utility knife.
  • Rubber roofs can last more than 75 years, while asphalt shingle roofs only last between 15 and 30 years.
  • Repairing a roof with rubber shingles is simple — splits and cracks can be filled with liquid rubber sealant.
  • Rubber roof shingles can be made to resemble other types of roofing materials, such as slate tiles, cedar shakes, and wood shingles.

Whether you choose to install a rubber or an asphalt shingle roof is entirely up to you. If you want the most cost-effective roofing material, asphalt shingles are a good choice. However, if you're looking for an eco-friendly, durable option, you should consider spending the extra money to hire a rubber roofing contractor