As the variety of roofing materials in the industry increases, more and more people are asking us about the merits asphalt shingles versus other materials. If value is your primary interest, the comparison can be quickly narrowed to just two options: metal and asphalt.
By far, asphalt shingles are the most commonly used residential roofing material in our area. And it’s not just because they are so darned affordable. Asphalt shingles hold up well in extreme temperatures, under driving rain, gale force winds, even fire. In the face of damage, asphalt shingles are easy and cost effective to repair. The top shingle manufacturers in N. America are now offering asphalt shingles with lifetime warranties.
Furthermore, asphalt shingles come in a dizzying array of styles and colors – some of which echo much more expensive roofing materials, like slate, wood shake and even tile! Shingles are now available in reflective tones with Energy Star ratings, as well as algae and impact resistant designs as well. Insurers in some areas now give homeowners significant discounts for installing impact resistant shingles on the home.
Metal Roofing, most commonly made of coated aluminum or steel and is also available in a growing number of style and color options. It is available to homeowners willing to invest 50-70% more in the installation of their new roof. While more expensive, it does offer some unique benefits that may be of interest to you. Metal roofing is extraordinarily durable. It is impervious to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, non-corrosive, fireproof and can often be guaranteed for 50 years! Additionally, metal roofing is renowned for it ability to withstand the weight of heavy snowfalls safely.
While it might not seem particularly environmentally friendly, metal is considered one of the “greener” options for roof replacement. Metal is readily recyclable everywhere! Plus, it can be installed directly over preexisting roofing materials, preventing them from entering landfills. Metal roofing is also highly reflective, making it an energy efficient choice for homeowners.