The Benefits of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Published on May 18, 2020

What are the benefits of Asphalt Shingle Roofing?

There are many different types of roofing materials, and each has their own set of pros and cons.

Therefore, choosing the “right” roofing material is a crucial decision for any homeowner.

 Of course, every homeowner will have different needs.

So, the roofing material best suited for one individual may be different for another.

As Canadians, we experience the full weather spectrum: hot and humid summers, and frigid, icy, and cold winters. 

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Meaning the ideal Canadian roofing material needs to be able to handle both extremes.

This is a main reason why Asphalt Shingle Roofing is Canada’s most popular roofing material. 

But there are more reasons Canadians choose asphalt shingles rather than the alternatives. 

That’s what we’re going to be exploring in this blog post. 

How Do Asphalt Shingles Stack Up Against The Competition?

As mentioned earlier, every roofing material has its advantages. 

Yet when put head-to-head, one has a clear lead on the others. 

Of course, it’s Asphalt Shingles. 

Few other roofing materials can come close to matching the long list of benefits that asphalt shingles offer.

So, what exactly makes asphalt shingle roofing such an excellent choice?

The Benefits of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Ease of Installation

Asphalt shingles are easy to install when compared to various other roofing materials. 

Ease of installation benefits a homeowner in a couple different ways.

  1. Decreases the total roof replacement cost for the homeowner.
  2. It decreases the amount of time to complete the project, and the time contractors are working on the home.

Many other roofing material types can take double or triple the length of time to install. 

Design Selection and Variety

To put it simply, there is an extensive selection of designs and shingle varieties. 

Depending on what you like, there are different shingle types to create the perfect look. 

Between different styles, shapes, and types, there is something for everyone. 

Ask your roofing contractor to show you some of the options they offer.  

Trust us. You’ll be surprised by the number of options available.  

A Wide Array of Color Options

One of the reasons so many homeowners love asphalt shingles is the vast array of colour options. 

No matter the colour you’re looking for, it’s likely available.

Furthermore, there are also various colour designs. These designs might not be visible when looking at a single shingle. 

Yet, when looking at a completed roof, you can see how the combined shingles show a unique design look. 

Whether you want more of a standard one colour roof or a roof with a unique colour design, there’s something for you.

Note: The options available will depend on the shingle manufacturers your contractor carries. 

Asphalt Shingle Are Protective Against Fire

As a general rule, asphalt shingles are protective in the event of a fire due to their fiberglass base especially when combined with an appropriate underlayment.

Higher-quality shingles may have a fire rating or meet a fire protection standard. 

Meaning, the shingle has been tested and has shown to protect against penetration from an external fire. 

Furthermore, they may assist in stopping a fire from spreading.

This means a higher level of fire protection for you and your family.

Asphalt Shingles are Recyclable

Although previously not the case, shingles are now recyclable. 

At the start of the roof replacement process, your roofer will tear off the old roof.  

Years ago, the shingles would be on a direct trip to the landfill. 

Now, a variety of different products are made of recycled shingles 

One example is re-purposing the shingles into recycled asphalt.

The asphalt is used to repair existing roads and make new ones.

Asphalt Shingles are Very Affordable

One of the most popular benefits of asphalt shingles is their affordability.  

When compared to other roofing types, few are as affordable as asphalt shingles. 

Although price means very little unless coupled with the following benefits.

They Have a Reputation for High-Quality and Durability

When you invest in an asphalt shingle roofing system, you not only pay less but also get excellent quality. 

By quality, we mean they’re durable and will stand the test of time.  

Moreover, asphalt shingle technology is always improving.  

A new asphalt shingle roof will last significantly longer than one installed a decade or two ago, as the base is fiberglass and no longer organic. 

Asphalt Shingles Promise Ease and Affordability for Repairs

If you do have an issue or require a repair, we have good news for you.

Asphalt shingles aren’t only one of the easiest roofs to repair; they’re one of the least expensive.

If you’re experiencing a roofing emergency, you can typically expect a quick repair solution.  

That may not be the case with other materials.

They're Energy Efficient

Although we’re just talking about asphalt shingles here, they’re part of a complete “roofing system.” 

This system includes things like underlayment, leak barrier, proper ventilation and more.  

When installed “properly”, they can assist as a system component in making your home more energy efficient.

On the other hand, a roof system installed incorrectly may have the opposite effect.

They're Resilient Against Harsh Canadian Winters

This one we touched on at the beginning, but it deserves a second mention. 

Asphalt shingles are resilient against the hard winters, we as Canadians face. 

Plus, when you choose asphalt roofing for your home, you’re not alone.  

Since asphalt shingles aren’t just the most popular roof type in Canada, no other roofing material even comes close in popularity. 

This history provides a level of confidence, knowing you’re working with a trusted and time-tested product.

Other Benefits Asphalt Shingle Roofing Offers

If that wasn’t enough, asphalt shingles have improved and gained recognition for:

  • Their ability to withstand high winds
  • Their resistance to algae 
  • The sound protection compared to some other materials
  • Their relatively low weight 

And this list could continue. 

Although, the point we are making should be clear at this stage,

it’s no secret why asphalt shingles are Canada’s #1 choice for roofing. 

Also, that’s why at Gauthier Roofing and Siding, we ONLY offer asphalt shingle roofing. 

We install one type of roofing, and we do it exceptionally well.

This focus and commitment to quality is one of the reasons why, we’re recognized as the #1 choice for roofing in Windsor ON by Three Best Rated and are a GAF Factory Certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor.  

Choosing An Asphalt Shingle Roofing Contractor

 Have you decided on asphalt shingle roofing for your roof replacement?

If so, here’s what you need to know.  

First, make sure you hire a qualified roofing contractor. If you’re unsure of what to look for, read our blog post entitled: 

How Do I Know My Roofing Contractor is Qualified?  

In this blog, you’ll learn some of the most critical things to look for when choosing a roofing company. 

Another important distinction is to ensure you hire a “certified” roofing contractor. 

Although this may sound similar to the recommendation we just gave, it’s very different.

Working with a certified roofing contractor means the following; 

You’re working with a company whose completed manufacturer training to install their roofing products. 

Furthermore, they’ve met and exceeded these high-standards and are now certified installers. 

One of the many benefits is, a “certified” contractor can offer enhanced warranty coverage.

This “enhanced coverage”, allows your roof a more comprehensive, and greater window of protection.

Although, the benefits of a “certified” contractor go far beyond what we’ve mentioned here.  

For more of the benefits of choosing a “certified” roofing contractor, read our article.

The Importance of Choosing a Certified Roofing Contractor 

These resources will provide you with the information to make an educated decision. 

Also, they will help protect the investment you make in your new asphalt shingle roof. 

This information will be invaluable if used during the roofing purchase process.

A Quick Summary

At this point, it should be clear why asphalt shingles are an excellent roofing choice. 

We covered:

  • Why asphalt shingle roofing is so popular in Canada
  • How asphalt shingles stack up against other types of roofing materials
  • The many benefits of asphalt shingle roofing
  • Some additional benefits of choosing asphalt shingles
  • How to choose an asphalt shingle roofing company
  • Why choosing a qualified and certified roofing contractor is so important

You now have the vital information you’ll need when investing in a new asphalt shingle roof. 

But, if you want to skip the frustration that comes from trying to find the “right” local roofer, and instead, work with the top-rated Windsor Roofing Company, we invite you to get in touch today.


For The Highest Quality Asphalt Shingle Roofing Contact Gauthier Roofing and Siding in Windsor, ON 

Since 1968, we’ve been providing roof replacement services to Windsor and Area. 

You’ll also have confidence knowing you’ve partnered with a qualified, certified roofing contractor. 

Contact the name synonymous with quality and craftsmanship; contact Gauthier Roofing and Siding today. 

To schedule a complimentary no-obligation estimate, click the button below. 

We look forward to working with you soon!


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