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Composition asphalt shingles are the most common residential roofing material and have been for decades.  In the past, three tab shingles had the lion’s share of the residential roofing market but recently laminated asphalt shingles have become the roofing material of choice due to their superior durability and weather resistance.  However, it would be a mistake to think that asphalt shingles are the only option for your roof.

Metal roofing is an excellent roofing choice that is rapidly increasing in popularity.  Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles, but metal roofing is much more durable and lasts 50 years or longer.  In addition, metal roofing has outstanding wind ratings and is very resistant to hail damage.  Metal roofing is lightweight and can be installed on almost any roof.  It needs very little maintenance and high solar reflectance that can help reduce attic temperatures and lower your air conditioning bill.

Tile and slate roofs are beautiful, extremely durable, and have excellent resistance to damage from hail and wind.  Tile and slate roofs are very expensive, but they have an almost indefinite lifespan and will usually outlast the home.  The primary drawback to these materials is their weight.  They can only be installed on a home that is designed to hold the weight of these materials.  Also, they require highly skilled roofers to install and repair them.

Wood shakes are another alternative that are popular in some areas of the country.  Shake roofs are distinctive, but they have very low resistance to fire.  In fact, some insurance companies will not insure homes with shake roofs.  In addition, they are not very durable, especially given their cost.  They generally last longer than three tab asphalt shingles, but not as long as laminated shingles.  Before installing a shake roof, consider metal roofing designed to look like shake or laminated asphalt shingles which have a similar texture.

 

Why Choose Metal Roofing?

When it comes time to replace your asphalt shingle roof, talk to your roofing contractor about whether high quality metal roofing makes sense for your home.  Compared to all other roofing materials, metal roofing offers an excellent combination of protection, durability, and price.

Metal roofing offers excellent wind and impact resistance comparable to that of slate and tile roofing.  Metal roofing is a little more susceptible to cosmetic damage from very large hail than these materials, but it costs much less and is easier to install.  In fact, metal roofing can be installed on almost any home with a roof slope greater than 4 to 1.

Slate and tile are very expensive and very heavy.  They can only be installed on roofs with heavily built supporting structures designed to carry the load imposed by these roofing materials.  Even though it provides excellent wind and impact resistance, metal roofing is light weight and can be installed on any home without the need for additional support.  Metal roofing is even lighter than asphalt shingles!

Asphalt shingle roofing has a lower initial cost than metal roofing, but it is not nearly as durable as metal roofing.  Depending on the type of shingles installed, an asphalt shingle roof can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years while metal roofing will provide great protection for your home for at least 50 years and probably much longer.

In addition, asphalt shingles are easily damaged by hail, high winds, and other severe weather.  As asphalt shingle roofs age, they start leaking and need frequent repairs.

Your roofing contractor can help you decide if metal roofing is right for your home.

Metal Roofing Advantages

If you are contemplating a re-roofing or deciding what type of roofing material to use on your newly constructed home, consider the advantages of metal roofing.

One of the biggest advantages of a metal roof is its long life expectancy.  While asphalt shingle roofs generally only last 15 to 20 years, a metal roof will give good service for 30 to 50 years.  Many manufacturer’s warranties are even transferrable.

Though generally more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof, a metal roof is more cost-effective in the long run.  It’s life expectancy is two to three times that of an asphalt shingle roof and, because of its durability, metal roofs can be a big selling point that increases the value of your home.

A metal roof also offers a weight advantage.  It is much lighter weight than a tile or slate roof and can even be installed directly over some asphalt roofs which helps reduce installation costs.  Less weight means less stress on your roof trusses.

Metal roofs offer superior weather resistance.  Properly installed, they can withstand winds of more than 100 miles an hour without damage and they are more resistant to hail damage than asphalt shingle roofs.  In addition, a metal roof is completely fireproof making metal roofing an excellent choice for areas regularly threatened by forest fires. 

 Metal roofs are coated with a high tech finish that lasts for years with minimal fading.  These finishes are easy to keep clean with just  a garden hose and also designed to help shed snow.

Metal roofs are available in a wide array of colors and textures.  Your local roofing contractor can help you choose a metal roof that’s right for your home.