Did you know that roughly three of every four homes in America are capped with shingle roofs? Homeowners across the nation tend to opt to install asphalt shingles on their roofs in order to protect their homes, and there's a good reason for that: Shingles are inexpensive. However, there are a number of additional reasons why shingles have swept the market. We find that folks flock to this roofing material for its cost, its ease of installation, the vast color and pattern options available, and the innovations that have led to the continual growth of longevity in this roofing material.


As we mentioned, this is the number one reason why homeowners go with shingles: They’re cheap. Whether you’re building a new home or investing in a new roof on your current home, it’s likely that you’ll go with shingles simply to stay within your budget. Nowadays, shingles cost less than half of most other roofing materials available, and compared to some roofing materials (like slate tile), shingles are a fraction of the cost. Homeowners take advantage of the fact that shingles can cost about $100 per roofing square (i.e. 100 square feet), when other materials can cost up to $1,700 per square!

Speedy Installations

Unlike wood, slate tile, or composite tile roofs, asphalt shingle roofs can be installed in no time. Thanks to the design of this roofing material, sheets of shingles can be tacked down in a matter of seconds, making some roofing projects take a matter of hours instead of days. If you’re up against a deadline for a building project of development, you may opt to install shingles simply to stay on schedule.

Color and Pattern Options

Modern shingles are available in a number of colors and patterns, providing homeowners with an aesthetic choice for their homes. Folks can shop around for a shingle that fits the character and style of their home. Plus, since most homes throughout the nation have shingle roofs, a new shingle roof in the neighborhood won’t look out of place. With shingles, you can select a color that works well with your siding and trim, the neighbors home, and any other features throughout your landscape and property that you’d like to highlight.

Improvements in Longevity

While shingles used to have a bad reputation for being a shoddy, short-term solution for roofs, they’ve come a long way. Nowadays, shingles can withstand a beating, and they’re designed to resist damage that can be caused by hail, high winds, and heavy snows. In addition, modern shingles are fire resistant, if not fireproof. That means that you can rest assured that your home will remain protected and leak-free when Mother Nature is at her worst. You can find shingles on the market that are designed to last over three decades, and you can find shingle manufacturers that back their products with lifetime warranties. Here at Red Dog’s Roofing, we work with Owens Corning®, providing our clients with premium shingles that are designed to last. And, as a Preferred Contracting Company, we’re able to offer our clients Limited Lifetime Warranties through Owens Corning, which means that you’ll have peace of mind that your roof will be protected, should anything happen after it is installed.

Red Dog’s Specializes in Shingle Installations

If you’ve decided that asphalt shingles are the best choice for your upcoming roofing installation or rebuild, we’d be happy to take over from here. Reach out to us to learn about our shingle options and to schedule your next roofing project. Red Dog’s Roofing is your local roofing specialist, providing roofing services for folks throughout Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and the surrounding area.