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Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles for Wisconsin Roofs
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Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles for Wisconsin Roofs

You can’t remember the last time the shingles on your roof went through replacement. Heck, you can’t even remember if they’ve been replaced since you bought the home. Whatever the length, you know a new roof is a top priority.

One question is: “What kind of roofing material should I use?”

You know asphalt shingles are popular, but you have no idea why. Let’s look at the pros and cons of asphalt shingles to help you make a better decision!

Asphalt Shingles: Pros

Asphalt shingles usage dates back to the start of the 20th century and has increased in popularity since for several reasons. In Wisconsin, they are definitely the most popular roofing material, which is in line with the rest of the country – about 90% of homes in the US have asphalt shingles.

The advantages below ultimately outweigh the negatives for most homeowners, but every individual and property is unique! Working with an experienced roofing contractor will open you up to a whole world of possibilities and help you find the right fit for your home.

When it comes to asphalt shingles, affordability, easy installation, and versatility are the three main selling points that keep this roofing material the most requested option for residential and multi-family homes.


Asphalt’s popularity mainly stems from how affordable the material is compared to other roofing options. The strength and long-lasting durability of asphalt shingles combined with the simple production process keeps asphalt roofing on the low end of cost.

Additionally, this means asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive to repair!

Simple Installation

Asphalt shingles are light and relatively thin contrary to their tough skin. Easy cutting of asphalt shingles means no special tools are needed to shape them to fit your roof, and the lightweight design makes the installation far less labor-intensive.

Fit Any Style of Home

Another great thing about asphalt shingles is the versatility in matching any house style you may have. It doesn’t matter if your home has vinyl or fiber-cement siding, or the color of your exteriors. Asphalt shingles will complement any exterior style you have or plan to have, because they come in a seemingly endless variety of colors and styles.

Asphalt Shingles: Cons

With all the benefits of asphalt shingles, there are some drawbacks to consider.

Other Roofing Materials Last Longer

With the more affordable price tag comes a shorter lifespan. Asphalt shingles last an average of 10 to 30 years, depending on maintenance, while other materials like metal or slate roofing can last over 50 years.

Easily Cracked

Asphalt shingles offer a light and easy installation, but that comes at a cost. This material is more susceptible to wind damage during severe weather, which can lead to water damage.

Most Common Roofing Material

Asphalt shingles can complement any style of home. However, it won’t stand out as especially unique compared to less common roofing materials.

Best Installed During Warm Weather

Asphalt shingles can damage during installation in cold weather, so there’s typically a limited window to install every year.

Install your New Roof With Isthmus Roofing

When deciding on the ideal roofing material for your home or property, it really comes down to how much you want to invest in your home and what you want in return for your investment. A knowledgeable roofing contractor will be able to guide you to the right decision by investing their time and energy into bringing your restoration vision to life.

Whether you go with asphalt shingles or another material, Isthmus Roofing provides top-notch installation throughout the Madison, Wisconsin area. Request a free quote online or give us a call at 608-949-0533 today!

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