Durability – A metal roof can last upwards of forty to fifty years whereas homeowners can only get about twelve to fifteen years out of asphalt shingles. Metal roofing lasts. It maintains its integrity in aspects of both strength and appearance.
Eco-Friendly – Metal roofing is the king of recycled roofing materials. At least twenty five percent of the contents in metal roofing come from recycled materials. Metal roofing itself is one hundred percent recyclable when it is time for your homes roof to be replaced.
Impact Resistance – Roofing needs to protect homes from damage that can occur due to weather. Metal roofing does just that. In climates where the weather doesn’t only change between seasons, but also from day to day, can benefit from metal roofing.
Fire Resistant – Metal roofing has a higher fireproof rating than any other material in roofing. Let’s face it metal is near impossible to set on fire.
Energy Conservation – Reflective materials such as metal aid homeowners in helping to keep their homes interior cool when the air is running throughout the summer. Metal roofing will help you save on air conditioning bills.
Steep Pitch –Metal roofing is ideal for all pitches and slopes that can be found on homes. From the steepest roof to the flattest roof metal roofing is ideal. During the winter months snow easily glides off.
With all the benefits of metal roofing it is hard to imagine that all homeowners living where the climate changes don’t install metal roofs. However, there are some drawbacks to purchasing metal roofing over other traditional materials available in roofing.
Cost – One major disadvantage of metal roofing is the cost. Up-front metal roofing is tremendously expensive in comparison to composite asphalt shingles. Metal is a long lasting, heavy duty roofing solution however the initial investment could end up lasting longer than most homeowner’s desire.
Noise – Many homeowners enjoy the pit-pat of rain on metal roofing but consider hearing it day after day. It is true that the peaceful sound or rain or hail can get a bit tiring after awhile especially for homeowners with sensitivity to sound.
When deciding between metal roofing and other options consider the above while also taking a long hard look at the exterior of your home. Metal roofing enhances the exterior of almost all homes but perhaps to you aesthetically it just isn’t what you are looking for. Only you as the homeowners will truly know if a metal roof is ideal for your home.
A popular material to use in roofing here in the north is asphalt shingles. In this installment on roofing our contractors will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using composite shingles for your new or replacement roof.
Two types of shingles are available on the market, organic and fiberglass. Fiberglass shingles are created with a bottom layer mat that is created out of glass fiber. The mat is then coated with a mixture containing asphalt and mineral fillers to create a waterproof barrier. Fiberglass is more widely used because they offer excellent protection against fire. Organic shingles on the other hand use a mat created from recycled paper, covered with asphalt and a top layer of bonding salt and ceramic granules implanted on the top. Organic shingles are incredibly durable however highly flammable.
Shingles have many advantages over other materials used in roofing. Shingle roofing is incredibly affordable. It is comparatively inexpensive upfront and is the most affordable option in the short term. When properly installed a shingle roof can offer a solid level of protection against a wide range of climates for at least twelve to fifteen years.
Even though shingle roofing is inexpensive does not mean that it lacks in variety. The most common and cost effective is the three tab shingle followed by architectural and premium. No matter what style your home is there is a shingle roofing option to complement and enhance the exterior. Another benefit is the vast number of colors and patterns to choose from. Shingle roofs can be used to create an alluring custom look that can greatly enhance the overall appeal of your home’s exterior.
Professional roof contractors appreciate the next benefit, ease of installation and repair. Asphalt shingles are light weight and can be easily installed without requiring any added structural supports, special tools or without any major prep.
This isn’t to say that asphalt shingles are without fault. Some disadvantages of having roofing contractors install asphalt roofing are:
If the roof needs to be installed and temperatures fall below freezing shingles are more apt to be damaged.
Asphalt damage can occur without proper attic ventilation.
Extreme heat causes cracking and color loss in shingles.
Bi-yearly maintenance and regular repairs are essential to ensure shingle roofing keeps its integrity.
Asphalt shingles, for the most part, are not environmentally friendly.
Overall however shingle roofing is the most preferred material by roofing contractors to install on home in areas where the climate varies substantially between seasons.