With the demands of various roofing materials rapidly increasing, more and more consumers are getting curious whether other materials could have more merits and are valuable than the usual asphalt shingles. But when we speak of value, the comparison among all these options starts to narrow down to two options—metal and asphalt roofing.
The most commonly used material in the world of roofing, asphalt shingles is the popular option when we say residential roofing. Aside from its affordability, asphalt shingles hold up well in extreme temperatures, under driving rain, gale force winds, and even fire. Adding up to its list of advantages, asphalt shingles are also cost-effective and easy to repair when damaged. Today, top shingle manufacturers in North America are even offering asphalt shingles with lifetime warranties.
When it comes to style, asphalt shingles now come in a wide array of designs and colors which could level to much more expensive roofing materials like slate, wood shake, and tile. Spending more innovation around this material, asphalt shingles now have reflective tones design with Energy Star ratings, as well as algae and impact resistant designs.
On the other hand, metal roofing—which is commonly made of coated aluminum or steel—is asphalt shingles’ contender that also comes in different style and color options. Although slightly higher in price, homeowners are willing to invest 50-70 percent more in the installation of this roof as it offers some unique benefits that cannot be found in other roofing materials. For one, metal roofing is extraordinarily durable. It is proven to be resistant to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, non-corrosive, fireproof, and can often be guaranteed to last for 50 years. In addition, metal roofing is also equipped to withstand heavy snowfalls with safety.
Metal roofing, considered as one of the “greener” options for roof replacement, is also readily recyclable everywhere and it can be easily installed directly over your existing roofing materials, preventing it to be stored in landfills. Moreover, metal roofing’s high-reflective characteristic makes it an energy efficient choice for homeowners.
Now we know what asphalt shingles and metal roofing has to offer for the improvement of our homes, the decision lies on the hands of the homeowners. Whatever is more convenient, advantageous, and within your style preference, for sure, will be the perfect choice for you to achieve a more appealing and sturdy home.