Asphalt shingles can last anywhere between 20-50+ years depending on the grade of the shingle. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable and popular type of roof.
The bad thing about asphalt shingles is that in places where temperatures vary a great deal the lifespan drops dramatically. For instance, The temperature reaches 100+ during the day but then goes all the way down to <60 at night. The shingle does not have enough time to properly expand and contract. Ultimately causing cracks in the shingle. Cracks in the shingle lead to, you guessed it, leaking roofs.
So although it is the most affordable way to go in the beginning, it may not be the most cost effective over a span of time (depending on where you live).
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Imagine you’re walking across a black asphalt parking lot on a hot summer day. Not very pleasant, is it? The asphalt spends the day absorbing heat from the sun, and that heat radiates upward, making a hot day even hotter. The same thing takes place on your roof throughout the summer, and with worse results. On a sunny day, black asphalt roofing shingles can reach temperatures more than 80 degrees higher than the air temperature, and this heat penetrates your living space. Switching to a “cool roof” with shingles that reflect rather than absorb the sun’s energy can stop this heat transfer, resulting in dramatically lower energy bills–up to 40 percent lower.