Pros And Cons Of Rolled Roofing

Rolled roofing, or asphalt rolled roofing, is made from long strips of asphalt, instead of the individual shingles. The strips of asphalt are made of the same material, except it is an easier, more efficient way to lay the roofing. There are also alternatives to asphalt strips for rolled roofing, including saturated felt, though it is usually an underlayment and combined with asphalt strips. There is also a standalone rolled roofing material called mineral-surfaced roll roof. If you are not sure if rolled roofing is right for you, it helps to know the pros and cons. Here is a comparison of them to make the right decision.

Pro: Rolled Roofing is Less Expensive

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, rolled roofing is the one to go with. While you have the same quality as asphalt for your roof, this roofing is less expensive. When you buy strips of rolled roofing, you are going to save a considerable amount of money, as opposed to buying each shingle individually.

Con: It Does Not Last as Long

Unfortunately, it is less expensive, but it also does not last as long. You will need to replace rolled roofing several years earlier than if you pay more to have the asphalt shingled installed. This also depends on the condition of the roof and what type of environment you are in. If you have a mild or moderate climate, you might not have problems with the life expectancy.

Pro: It is Easier to Install

Along with the cost-saving benefit, it is also easier to install. In fact, if you are planning on a do-it-yourself roofing remodel, the rolled roofing is one of the simplest to do yourself. Since you roll the roofing strips in place and there isn't much labor required, paying a roofing contractor makes the process go even quicker.

Con: It Does Not Have the Best Seam

While the rolled roofing goes on easy, it doesn't always have a perfect seam. When you are laying down individual asphalt shingles, you have more control over their final placement. With the rolled strips, you might not end up with perfect seams between each strip of roofing material. The more uneven the seams are, the sooner they will need to be replaced.

Pro: It is a Good Option for Low-Incline Roofs

If you have a roof with a low slope or incline, strip asphalt is the best option. In fact, rolled roofing is used most often in roofs that have a low slope. It is easy to put on a roof with a slope and you don't have to worry about the angle or the incline.

For more information, contact A-Plus Roofing & Masonry Ltd. or a similar company.