Pros & Cons of Asphalt Shingle Roofing [And Its Popular Alternatives]

Asphalt roof shingles have been the leading choice among homeowners since as far back as 1847. When you consider all the other types of roofing materials available, that’s quite the title.

But what makes asphalt shingles such a popular choice? Let’s explore the pros and cons of asphalt shingle roofing, as well as its popular alternatives.

5 Main Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Roofing Material


Every homeowner deserves a roofing system that will stand strong against nature’s unforgiving elements. Unfortunately for us Midwesterners, our climate tends to be harsh, unpredictable, and extreme. Resilience against this extreme climate is dependent on the durability of the roofing materials used.


While your roof’s primary purpose is to protect your home’s interior, and its inhabitants, from the elements, it also plays a crucial role in your home’s appearance.

When selecting a material, you need to choose one that matches your home’s architectural style. For example, modern homes will look distinct and striking with metal roofs, while traditional homes look better with classic materials, such as wood shakes. As an experienced roofing company, we recommend asphalt shingles, in particular, because they are versatile enough to look fantastic on any home style.


Different roof materials have different life spans, so you need to choose one that will best meet your goals. You need to ask yourself if you plan on selling your home relatively soon or if you plan on staying. If the latter, then you might want to consider a longer-lasting roofing materials like steel. However, these materials can have a significantly higher installation cost than other alternatives.

Service Warranties.

Gold Package: Pinnacle Line with Signature Select 15 year Non Prorated Bumper to Bumper Warranty. Features Scotchgard Lifetime Algae Resistance. Great for Lakes Area!

Platinum Package: Integrity Roof System & Select Shinglemaster 50 year Non Prorated Bumper to Bumper Warranty.

Diamond Package: SBS Modified 270 lbs/sq featuring Integrity Roof System and Select Shinglemaster 50 Year Non-Prorated Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty.


Constant roof repair requires time and hard labor. It’s frustrating and simply a waste of your time. These situations are typically a result of poor roofing material that requires continual maintenance and upkeep.

With Fargo Roofing, you are guaranteed a roof with minimal to no maintenance. This hassle-free upkeep is also cost-effective because you don’t have to spend money on maintenance products just to ensure that you have a sturdy roof.

Insurance Benefits.

Depending on what material you choose, you may be eligible for insurance coverage. For example, most insurance companies offer hail/impact resistance insurance for asphalt shingles and tax benefits for Energy Star-qualified shingles.

Why Are Asphalt Shingles So Widely Used?


  • Offer the most color, shape, and texture options.
  • Can be customized for various slopes.
  • Require minimal maintenance and if damaged, are easy to repair.
  • Perform well in extreme hot or cold climates.
  • Are fire and flammable resistant.
  • Long-term energy efficient savings.


  • Relatively short lifespan (25 years), yet still longer than most alternative materials.
  • Susceptible to hail damage and extremely high winds (otherwise, extremely durable).

Our Most Popular Alternative

If you would like to further discuss your roofing material options, contact us today.

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