In this post we’ll discuss the key differences between metal roofing systems and asphalt shingles. For years, the undisputed leader in roofing was the traditional asphalt shingle. Recently, however, metal roofing systems have been making serious inroads into the roofing marketplace. In 2015 its market share jumped to an all-time high and signs indicate that more and more homeowners will choose metal for their next roof. Why rush to reroof in metal?
Metal Roofs Last Longer than Asphalt Shingles
Longevity is probably the number one reason homeowners are turning to metal over traditional shingles. Metal roofing systems can last for more than 50 years, while the highest performing architectural shingle can be reasonably expected to last for only 30 years, tops. If you’re tired of repairing damaged shingles and reroofing your home, then a metal roof is the solution for you.
Metal is Made for Extreme Weather
If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather (Coastal states and tornado alley, we’re looking at you!), then investing in an impact-resistant and fire-resistant metal roof may save you up to 30% off the cost of your homeowners insurance (metalroofing.com).
Cost is Less a Factor than it Once Was
Not too long ago, metal roofs were considered prohibitively expensive and too pricey for the average homeowner. Lately, however, metal roofing systems have become more popular and production costs have stabilized. While initial costs are still higher with metal, over the lifetime of the roof, a metal roof will be much less costly than asphalt shingles.
Metal Roofs are the Environmentally-Friendly Choice
For a number of reasons, metal roofs are a great choice for those interested in minimizing their carbon footprint. Many metal roofs qualify for federal energy-saver credits, are made from recycled materials, and are completely recyclable at the end of their useful lifespan. Not only that, but a metal roof reflects the sun’s hottest rays and a cooler roof means lower cooling costs.
If you want to go the extra mile, a metal roof is the perfect candidate for solar panel installation. Because of their longevity metal roof provides the perfect base for solar power. Heavy, short-lived asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are not recyclable and are made from a diminishing supply of fossil fuels. While metal deflects the sun’s rays, an asphalt roof absorbs them and transfers the heat into your home.
Steel Roofs are Fire Resistant
A high-quality steel roof is incredibly fire resistant. They’re so resistant, in fact, that if you live in an area prone to wildfires, FEMA recommends hiring a professional roofing contractor to replace your existing asphalt shingle roof with a metal roof. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand can act as fuel for the fire.
You’ve Got More Options With Metal
Although asphalt shingles are coming in a wider variety of styles and colors, most builders rely on standard, contractor-grade shingles which can leave your home looking dull and uninspired. Metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and can make your home stand out from the crowd.
Metal is Easy on the Rafters
As one of the lightest roofing systems on the market, metal roofs minimize the structural load and reduce strain on your house.
Eliminate Leaks Caused by Nails or Screws
As metal roofs become more and more popular, contractors are finding better ways to install them. While homeowners may have reservations about asphalt shingles or exposed fastener metal roofs, fearing that the nail or screw penetrations may cause leaks, new adhesive technology for metal roofs virtually eliminates the need for screws and keeps your metal roof watertight.
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