Asphalt shingles have been used for over a century, since 1901, on American homes. They are the most common type of roofing materials on the market. However, in recent years, metal roofing has grown significantly in popularity, causing many homeowners to question why. Here are just a few of the benefits to using metal as your new roof material.
Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly
Metal, unlike asphalt, is naturally reflective. This means that when the sun beats down on it, UV rays are reflected off the roof, minimizing the amount of heat that is soaked up by your home. As a result, many homeowners with new roofs made of metal see a decrease in their annual energy costs by as much as 40%. Some metal products can also be coated in a reflective solar coating that reflects even more sunlight.
New metal roofs also shed rain and snow better than other materials. This not only adds to their energy efficiency but also makes them better for your home’s foundation. Metal roofs are also 100% recyclable, and most contain 30-60% recycled materials, making them the most environmentally safe roofing material on the market.
While most asphalt shingles are reasonably priced, they only last about 12-15 years. Installing a new roof made of metal ensures 50 plus years of not having to worry about a roof replacement. These products are also known to handle just about any weather condition out there. Unlike asphalt shingles metal roofing is impervious to high heat and fire, won’t soak up liquids, is interlocking for wind resistance, and is extremely strong and durable to withstand hail and snow easily.
When you do notice your roof beginning to show some signs of the weather, most can just be painted for a fresh new look. However, on the rare chance that a piece needs to be repaired or replaced, most products come with warranties of 25-50 years.
Wide Variety to Choose From
Many people assume that choosing metal for its long life and energy efficiency means sacrificing on style and design. This isn’t true. Metal comes in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures to easily blend in or stand out and compliment any style or personal preferences. They can even be made to look like asphalt shingles, clay tiles, cedar shakes, or even slate roofs. They also hold this look much longer than most other new roof materials.
If you need a new roof, make sure to consider all the options of using metal for a stronger, more efficient, and longer lasting home.