Why Metal Roofing Is Superior To Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are a highly common roofing material, but this has more to do with their low initial cost rather than their superior performance. Homeowners who are looking to save money on construction costs may be attracted by the low cost of shingles, but it is important to keep an eye on the future. Metal roofing is more durable, more long-lasting, and more cost-effective than asphalt shingles. In other words, it is a better choice for homeowners who want to save money over the life of their roof.
Hail, wind, and snow can damage asphalt shingles. Hail can scrape the protective granules off of asphalt shingles, or even punch a hole in them. Wind will catch the free-flapping bottom edge of asphalt shingles and, if the wind is strong enough, rip them right off of your home. Snow can accumulate on a roof, and either cause collapse or ice dams. In either case, you can be looking at thousands of dollars in damages. In contrast, hail cannot punch a hole in metal. Because metal roofing is attached to your home with screws, it will resist even gail-force winds, and snow will slide right off your home before it has a chance to pose a threat.
Asphalt shingles will only last 15-20 years. This may sound like a decent amount of time, but not when you consider that galvanized steel roofing can last for 60 years. While metal roofing will cost more to install, it does not cost three times more money than asphalt shingles; thus, you end up saving money by installing a metal roof when you factor in replacement costs for an asphalt-shingle roof.
Not only will you save money on repair and replacement costs when you install a metal roof, but you can save money on your cooling costs. Asphalt-shingles will absorb heat from the sun and then conduct that heat into your home. While good attic insulation should keep most of that heat out of your home, your roofing can still drive up your cooling costs. Metal roofing is naturally reflective and can deflect the sun's energy away from your home. In this way, a metal roof can reduce your cooling costs by 40%.
If you want the money-saving advantages of a premium roofing material, you should set aside a little extra money to install metal roofing on your home. It is easy to focus on saving money during construction, but you should also make sure that you are saving money over the life of your roof.
For a roofing contractor, contact a company such as Standard Roofing Corp roofing.