What Is the Difference Between Metal Roofing and Asphalt Roofing

Metal Roofing and Asphalt Roofing

If you are ready to have a roof put on your new home, you may be faced with deciding whether you want to have metal roofing or asphalt roofing. Here we take a look at the differences between them, and their advantages, so you can make an informed choice.

A Closer Look at Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is certainly harder to install and needs qualified and experienced roofers to handle it. It is becoming more common on residential builds, though in the past was more a commercial option. Check with your local municipality as some do not allow metal roofs. Here is a look at its advantages.

Longer lifespan – Metal roofing has a much longer lifespan than asphalt with it lasting at least 50 years, in some cases even longer. Some mixes can last more than 100 years.

Lightweight material – Easier to transport and handle as it is lighter. This means there are less weight and pressure on the frame so less structural damage likely to happen.

Long term cost is less – While it may be more expensive initially because it far out lives asphalt it costs less over the long term. A metal roof can easily last 3 times that of the asphalt, sometimes more.

Resistant to fire – Especially important in areas where wildfires happen.

Durability – Able to withstand strong winds, snow, ice, strong sun, driving rain, hail, and extreme cold.

Energy efficient.

More Eco-friendly.

Value of property increased – As it is long lasting it adds one to six percent more to the value than a property with a non-metal roof.

Easier to look after – Maintenance is minimal and cleaning easy.

A Closer Look at Asphalt Roofing

Shingle roofing is more common in homes. It is easier to install too, quicker and doesn’t need roofers with particular experience and knowledge. Here is a look at other advantages.

Short term lower cost – Asphalt shingles are cheaper in the short term to have done than metal. The one time cost of roofing with asphalt is between a third to a half less in fact.

Installing and replacing is easier – As mentioned there is less labor involved and they are easier to use. Also easier to find roofers who can do it.

Repairs are less expensive – Repairs are less complicated and therefore less expensive with asphalt. Though it is true they happen more with asphalt than metal.

More warranties offered – things covered include manufacturer errors, a defect in material, contractor error, algae growth

Which you choose for your home depends on a lot of factors, your initial budget, long term goals, your location, the rules where you live, the climate where you live to name just a few. Talk to some experts, do some more research and make the best choice you can.

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