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Asphalt shingles roofing is a type of roofing that uses asphalt to make a wall or roof shingle. The asphalt material creates a waterproof effect for the roof. Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing types homeowners use in North America. It is popular because it is affordable compared to other types of roofs, and easy to install. They are durable and can last up to 20 years before requiring a major repair or complete replacement — more expensive asphalt shingles can last up to 50 years. Asphalt shingles come in different colors, giving homeowners a wide variety of color to choose from.


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Asphalt Shingles Cost

The cost of asphalt shingles depends on a few notable factors such as your location, the quality of the asphalt shingles and the size of your roof. However, contractors often charge a regular price between $1.50 – $5.50 per square foot. Homeowners usually spend anything from $5,000 to $8,000 on their roofs, given factors that may affect the installation price such as pitch, roof size and slope. The current average cost of asphalt shingles installation in the USA is set at $7,500, while high-end asphalt shingles installation can go up to $19,500.   

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What Are the Different Types of Asphalt Shingles?

There are three major types of asphalt shingles; luxury or synthetic asphalt shingles, 3-tab shingles, and dimensional or architectural or laminate shingles. The luxury which is also known as the synthetic shingles is a high-end quality that is expensive. The 3-tab is the most common asphalt shingles and that’s because it is the cheapest. The dimensional shingle, also known as laminate or architectural asphalt shingles, are known for their beautiful architectural design which comes in different patterns. 

Three-Tab Asphalt Shingles

3-tab asphalt shingles are the general homeowners’ favorite asphalt shingles over the years because of their affordability and simplicity. 3-tab asphalt shingles roofing is single-layered roofing that is made from mineral-coated fiberglass base. They are usually notched at the lower edges during installation to give it the appearance of a 3-layer shingle, which is how it got the name. They’re lightweight and can easily be repaired or replaced because of that.

Even though 3-tab shingles are the cheapest asphalt shingles roofing type (3-tab shingles cost around $100 per square), they’re still so durable and can last up to 20 years. 

Dimensional or Architectural Asphalt Shingles

The first thing you will notice about architectural shingles is its beauty, they’re aesthetically pleasing. Architectural shingles are multilayered shingles roofing that creates a dimensional appearance. The multiple layers increase the roof’s waterproof effect which makes it more durable. While dimensional shingles often cost 20% more than 3-tab shingles, they’re still affordable compared to wood shakes. And with a warranty of 30 years, no wonder dimensional shingles have become more popular in the last three years.

For dimensional asphalt shingles, you can expect the price to be around $450 per square.

Luxury or Synthetic Asphalt Shingles

Synthetic shingles are designed to mimic the appearance of cedar shakes and natural slate roofs but at a cheaper price than natural slate roofs and shakes. Synthetic shingles have multi-layers that make them heavy compared to the other types of asphalt shingles roofs. The extra weight is useful to protect your roof against strong impacts and tears that are common in tough climate regions such as areas that get hurricanes, tornados. Synthetic shingles roofing usually comes with a warranty of 50 years, that’s how durable they are.

While luxury asphalt shingles cost about $950 per square for the material itself, natural slate or cedar shakes materials can cost up to 10 times the amount of luxury shingles. 

Asphalt Shingles Colors

The color of your roof will sum up the general appearance of your house, so ensure that you choose the color that speaks to you. That being said, asphalt shingles come in different colors ranging from:

Dark gray

Pale gray

Medium gray

Dark brown

Medium brown





Poly-chromatic light and dark tones

Are Asphalt Shingles Right For Your Climate?

First thing you should know is that to determine what type of asphalt shingles is suitable for the climate your house is located in, you must consult a roofing expert. A roofing expert will gauge the climate in your location, your house, your budget before reaching a conclusion on what’s best for you.

Asphalt shingles with algicide are super durable for humid climate, to protect against the settling of moss and algae. While the price of algae-resistant asphalt shingles may cost up to 15% more, you will be making a good investment saving yourself from too-soon future roofing expenses.

Cons of Asphalt Roofing

One of the pros of asphalt shingles roofing is that it can be recycled, however, asphalt contains harsh chemicals such as carcinogenic hydrocarbons. These chemicals pose a risk for asphalt recyclers who melt asphalt shingles to re-purpose.

The best way to ensure the environment is safe is to use your old asphalt shingles roof when upgrading your roof. Instead of replacing the old roof, layer your new asphalt shingles on the old structure.