If your roof is getting old and starting to show severe wear and tear, it may be time to consider a new one. One of the most popular roofing options is asphalt shingles because of its durability and price. If you are considering an asphalt roof, ask yourself these seven questions.  

What's Your Budget?

If you need a new roof but want to spend the least amount of money possible, asphalt shingles are the right option. They are the cheapest roofing option and cost around $50 per roofing square. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for because asphalt shingles don't last as long as more expensive options. For example, a metal roof will initially cost you more at $100 to $260 per roofing square. However, while asphalt roofs last about 15 to 20 years, metal roofs can last twice as long.  

Would an Overlay Work?

If you are really looking to save money, consider an overlay. With an overlay, the shingles are placed over the existing shingles. Because there is less work involved, it costs less money. If your roof is old, or if you suspect damage to the underlying roof structure, an overlay may not be a good idea. Instead of correcting these unseen problems, an overlay will only cover them, allowing them to slowly worsen, and you may need a total roof replacement sooner than you planned.

What Type of Roof Do You Have?

Whatever type of roof you have, asphalt shingles will probably work. While other roofing options, such as slate, require your roof to have a specific slope and support features, asphalt doesn't. It's light, can be walked on without causing severe damage and protects against water well. So regardless of slope, you can still install asphalt shingles, and you won't need additional support features.

Do You Live in a Climate With Extreme Weather?

While asphalt shingles work on just about any roof, they may not be the best option for every climate. If you live in a particularly hot climate, the heat can cause the shingles to crack, so they aren't as efficient and don't last as long. If you live in a wet, humid region, your asphalt roof is more susceptible to algae and mold growth.

What Color Should You Choose?

Asphalt shingles come in many different colors, so you can choose one that perfectly matches your home. However, the color does more than just affect your look of your home. The color can also play a big role in keeping in or out the heat. Lighter colored shingles reflect the sun's heat, keeping your home cooler during the summer. Darker shingles absorb the sun's heat, pulling it into your home.

Do You Want Architectural Shingles?

If you want an asphalt roof, but don't love the look of asphalt shingles, consider getting architectural asphalt shingles. These dimensional shingles can mimic the look of many other roofing materials, including wood. They are more expensive than flat, 3-tab asphalt shingles, but they are also more durable and look better. While they can be placed on nearly every roof type, they tend to look better on steep roofs or roofs with turrets and gables.

Do You Want Fiberglass or Organic Shingles?

One more decision you need to make is whether you want fiberglass or organic shingles. Fiberglass shingles have a glass fiber base, while organic shingles have a paper base. Fiberglass shingles withstand fire well and are better for the environment, but organic shingles are more durable.

Asphalt shingles are extremely popular because of their affordability, options, durability and versatility. If you need to replace your roof, asphalt shingles are a perfect option. For more information about asphalt shingles, contact roofers in your area today.