The Benefits of Asphalt Shingles

The most common type of roofing material in the United States is fiberglass-based asphalt shingles. There are many reasons to choose these shingles including their benefits for many homeowners, including those in Alabama.

What Are Asphalt Shingles?

Our fiberglass-based asphalt shingles feature a fiberglass base mat that creates a lightweight yet durable first layer. These tiles are layered with waterproof asphalt overlaid with ceramic granules that shield the roof from UV ray damage.

However, despite the beauty of wood shingles, they are less popular than asphalt shingles and will deteriorate over time when exposed to rain. In contrast, asphalt shingles will maintain their shape and function over time, protecting your home long after installation.

Why Are Asphalt Shingles a Beneficial Choice for Roofing?

Asphalt shingles are popular due to their durability. You want a roof that remains durable no matter what time of year it is or how long you have had it. The advantages of asphalt include:

Easy installation:

Since asphalt shingles are less expensive to manufacture, they are also easier to install. Since they are easier to install which means they will cost less in labor. However, labor costs vary from location to location and the average labor cost of roofing is around $1,000 per square foot.


They can last up to five decades, giving them an advantage over wood shingles that last half as long.


The best option today for shingles is asphalt because it can be mass produces. Of Course, this price varies based on the type of shingle and labor costs in each region. However, they are still more cost-effective than other options.

Energy Efficient:

You may not have expected asphalt roofing to offer energy efficiency, but it does. Your roofer will install a whole system, including underlayment, that can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

If most roofs in a large metropolitan area have these types of shingles the temperature will be reduced by several degrees. If most roofs are shingles with these types of shingles, these shingles will be available in light-medium, and dark tones.


Asphalt shingles can indeed cover many different angles, shapes, and forms, which means that they can be used on almost any type of roof, including cross-hipped roofs and Dutch gables. No matter how large or complex your roof is, you can rest assured that asphalt shingles will cover it all seamlessly.

As an established roofing company, Watkins Construction and Roofing has provided customers in Southern Alabama with exceptional roofing services, including asphalt shingle installation. Our roofing contractor in Fairhope AL has extensive experience with this product because of its popularity and value.

Our expertise and attention to detail make us very popular among homeowners and businesses alike. When we help you, we will arrive on time and treat your property with respect.

When we finish the job, you’ll appreciate how your home or business looks with your new shingles. Are you ready to get started? For more information, contact Watkins Construction and Roofing at 251-299-8151 in Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort, Foley, Fairhope, Robertsdale, and Orange Beach, AL.

Author's Bio: 

As an Alabama roofing contractor, Watkins Construction & Roofing is one of very few Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractors in Alabama.