If you’re in the market for a new roof, you have likely come across two of the most popular types to choose from – metal roofs vs. asphalt shingles. While there are several reasons one may consider either material, choosing the option that is best for your budget and building in the long term is the only way to have a roof you are happy with. That being said, we believe metal to be the best choice there is – and here’s why!
Yes, Metal Roofs Are Complex
A metal roof requires specific techniques, experienced installers, and more pieces to make it succeed. However, it withstands extreme weather conditions, offers the versatility that other materials lack, and lasts decades longer than an asphalt shingle roof. On top of all that, metal roofs are:
- Lightweight: Metal roofs are easier for both installers and your home to handle. Installers can easily get the pieces where they need to go, and once in place, it won’t weigh down on the structure; reducing frame damage and preserving the integrity of your house.
- Long Lasting: Metal roofs should last at least 50 years until signs of degradation begin to show. Different metal materials, such as copper and zinc, have even been known to last 100 years or more in some instances. Compare this to shingles, which have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
- More Affordable Long-Term: While an expensive upfront cost, metal roofing is typically less expensive in the long-term. This is because one metal roof can easily outlast at least three asphalt shingle roofs!
- Easy To Maintain And Adjust: Because they are so durable, metal roofs require little maintenance, simply needing to undergo a good clean now and then. They are also easy to adapt to eco-friendly practices, such as collecting rainwater or attaching solar panels.
Shingles Compared To Metal Roofs
Asphalt shingles are more economical in the short term, including being easier and cheaper to install and repair/replace. However, asphalt shingles have plenty of cons when compared to metal roofing, including:
- Shorter Lifespan: Because shingle roofs must be replaced every 15 to 20 years, they end up costing more in the long run when compared to metal roofs.
- Less Durable: Asphalt shingles are less durable than metal roofs, unable to withstand high winds and impacts. Because their installation also requires drilling into the housing structure, they also weaken the overall strength of your home while putting more stress on the building due to their weight.
- Less Ecofriendly: Asphalt shingles are unable to be recycled, have a larger carbon footprint from production, and even hold heat – reducing the energy efficiency of your home.