Asphalt Shingles VS Metal Roofing: Whats the Difference?
You’ve decided that you want to reroof, but you’re not sure if you want metal roofing or asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles or Metal? Both are terrific options for your home and both bring their own advantages to the table.
Your Roofing Material Define Your Roof
We’ve put together a great compilation of the advantages that each option brings to your future roofing project and the overall durability of your roof. Whichever you pick will define your roof for years to come. Knowing the strengths of your roofing material will help you whenever you need to inspect and maintain it. Starting things off we’ll take a look at the popular asphalt shingles.
Asphalt shingles have been around since the early 1900’s and have been in use ever since then. It’s popular thanks to how easy it is to manufacture and how good it looks on many homes. Other than that, asphalt shingles have many desirable traits that a homeowner would want.
Whenever you pick asphalt shingles as your main roofing material, you can expect that your roof will look amazing. Shingles come in many colors and designs that you can choose from in order to match their appearance to your home. The best part is that modern asphalt shingles can be made to look like other materials like wood or slate.
Ready To Install At Any Time
Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install with a few simple tools such as hammers and pneumatic nail guns. This makes it much easier for your contractor’s workers simply order the shingles and have them loaded on your roof and then proceed to installation.
Great for DIY Repairs and Installation
It is also entirely possible that a homeowner can install the shingles themselves as long as they have the necessary skills to do so. Asphalt shingles are also readily available at your local hardware stores and you don’t need any special permits to get them. We still recommend hiring a professional to do the work for you as that is what they do day in and day out and have the skills necessary to do the job properly.
Metal roofing is slowly becoming popular in today’s day and age as a great roofing material. It brings a lot to the table and is a great alternative to asphalt shingles.
Lighter and Stronger
This is the selling point of metal roofing. Worker’s won’t struggle to drag metal roofing up several stories thanks to its light weight. It is also far more durable against the usual weather that many homes experience. The best part is that it’s lighter weight also put far less strain on your home’s structure than asphalt shingles.
Cheaper in The Long Run
Metal roofs, while not the least expensive option, can be expected to outlast the typical asphalt shingles’ lifetime of 25-30 years.. Depending on your metal roof, you can expect that it will last around fifty or more years with minimal signs of wear. The right metal roof potentially could even be the last roof you buy if you choose materials like copper and zinc which start degrading one hundred years after it was manufactured.
Low Maintenance Requirements
Once you have a metal roof installed you can expect that it will last you throughout the years. The most you’ll be doing to maintain it is to get rid of debris like leaves and dirt off your roof. Leaks are also less of a problem since most metal roofs come in large sheets with few gaps for leaks to get through.
Whichever roofing material you pick, your roof is an important part of your home. Contact us today so we can help you keep your roof in top condition!