If you are in the process of replacing the roof on your home, you may be surprised at the variety of choice there is available these days. The two types of roofs you are most likely to see these days though, are asphalt shingles and the alternative that is often considered the best – metal.
What is the best, though? While it will certainly come down to your own personal preference and taste, we will help you make your decision by discussing some of the pros and cons of each.
Asphalt Shingles are More Affordable
This is true. Asphalt shingles are indeed more affordable upfront than their metallic counterparts. While metal roofs will last longer, they will cost more for their installation. For metal roofs, you may pay between $120 and $900 for each 100 sq. ft., while shingles will only cost you around $100 to $200 for the same dimensions. That’s even before you consider the specialist installation required for metal roofing.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should opt for shingles. You may be able to receive some of your investment in a metal roof later, simply because you won’t need to replace it so quickly. Some insurance companies offer discounted premiums on properties with metal roofs. Then there’s the chance you could receive tax credits for using metal on your roof and as metal is more energy-efficient than shingles, you could save in cooling and heating costs.
Metal Roofs Are Generally More Durable
Generally, you will find that metal roofs are better able to stand up to the elements, which is why companies offer warranties of 30 to 50 years on them. Most, if they are looked after properly, under the right conditions, can outlast those periods with a lifespan of between 40 and 70 years.
That’s not to say metal is not without its problems. Falling branches and severe hailstorms can cause dents in metal, as could moving over them inappropriately.
As shingles have their own unique weaknesses, they tend to have a shorter lifespan. Continuous damp conditions and pools of water can cause fungus and algae growth, while the temperature rises, and drops can wear out the material. A lot depends on the climate and environment of the area you are located, but often shingles are only given warranties of between 15 and 20 years.
Shingles Roofs Are Easier to Install and Carry Out Repairs On
Shingles do not require much in the way of specialist knowledge or access to specialist tools and can be installed as quickly as a couple of days. Metallic roofs, on the other hand, require more specialized skills. As the job involves greater precision, it takes longer.
Similarly, when it comes to carrying out repairs, shingles are much easier to work on. Whereas you can replace individual shingles, you can’t do the same with sections of metal roofs and may require a complete retrofit to fix the issues.
Metal Roofs Are a Greener Option
As the metal used in the roofs is sourced from recycled materials, that can be reused again and again, they are a more sustainable and greener option than shingles. As noted previously, metal roofs are also more energy-efficient, so could save you considerable amounts of money on your heating and cooling bills.
If you would like more information about your options, why not contact Mount Laurel roofing who will be able to give you expert advice.