Why Shingled Roofing is So Popular

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Reasons Why Shingle Roofing is Popular

You have probably heard about shingle roofing a lot more than any other style of roofing. The next time you take a drive around your neighborhood, notice the kinds of roofing of some of the houses. You are likely to see shingles more than any other kind of material. But why is that? What makes shingles such a popular choice among homeowners? In this post we will explain some of the reasons why so many people opt for shingle roofing and how it can benefit you and your home. If at any time you want to talk to a professional about shingle roofing we encourage you to reach out to us.

The Basics

You may have not ever heard the term shingle roofing before. Shingles are used on pitched roofs (roofs that are tilted downward). You will almost never see shingles top a flat roof because, in such a scenario, they pretty much serve no purpose. The basics of shingle roofs are that they are meant to shed water off of the roof. Any time you see shingles on a roof you will notice that they are all interlocked in some way. More importantly, you will notice that the top portion of a single shingle is always tucked under the very bottom part of the shingle above it and is laid over the very top portion of the shingle below it. This allows for a good seal against water and helps it to wick off of the roof. 

To this end, shingle roofing is very effective which is the first reason why it is such a common type of roof especially in areas that get a lot of rain. There are some other key factors that attribute to this type of roofing’s popularity though.


Let’s face it. Economy drives pretty much everything in this modern life. That is another reason why so many people opt for shingles to adorn their roofs. Shingles are among the most affordable types of roofing available. To give you a general idea of just how economical shingle roofing is, take the following example. Let’s say you have a 3,000 square foot pitched roof that you want to cover with shingling. The average cost for this project would be cheaper than just about any other kind of material that you could use to top your roof. Shingle roofing is one of the most affordable roofing options, period.



Your roof is one of the most highly visible portions of your home and property which leads us to the next reasons why shingles are such a popular choice; aesthetic appeal and customization. Let’s take another hypothetical situation into consideration. Let’s say that you want to paint your home a certain shade of blue and you want your roofing to match that color. Chances are there is a roofing shingle manufacturer out there that makes some kind of shingle in that same color or close enough to it to be an aesthetic match. Roofing shingles come in a variety of shapes and colors to make customization easy.

Of course, you can go as cheap as you possibly can and get asphalt shingles that have a relatively short lifespan. But even with asphalt shingles you are looking at an average lifespan of about 20 years which isn’t too bad considering that’s the low end of the spectrum. Depending on the kind of shingles you opt for you can get some that are rated to last for upwards of 100 years. The technology is advancing too so manufacturers are making their shingles last longer and longer these days. 

Types of Shingles


Rubber roofing is a cost-effective option that can be made to look like other materials. They typically last for about 30 years but they can be damaged fairly easily.


Clay is more popular on the coasts but is a very long-lasting shingle material. Clay roofing tiles look nice and are fairly easy to install but they can be dangerous when they are cracked or damaged.


Asphalt is very easy to install, comes in a variety of shapes and colors and is cost-effective. The only downside is that some of them have the shortest lifespan of any kind of shingle material.

Other Factors

A Close Up of Asphalt Shingle Roofing.

Other Things to Consider

Shingles come in a variety of wind and fire ratings as well so safety is another reason why so many people opt for this kind of roofing. Installation and repairs are relatively easy and affordable as well. In general though, shingle roofing simply offers more options on all fronts. The materials are readily available everywhere and with all things considered, shingle roofing is one of the more practical choices. If you have any questions about shingle roofing for your Broomfield, CO home or are in need of repairs or installation, give the residential roofers at ATS Exteriors a call at (303)-997-9024!