Asphalt shingles are popular in North America for two main reasons: they're affordable, and they're relatively easy to install. However, they are not the most durable roofing option, nor are they a very Eco-friendly choice, since they raise cooling costs by absorbing a lot of sunlight. If you have a little more money to invest upfront, a metal roof is a far better choice.
You'll pay a little more upfront, but you'll save money in the long run on repairs and on lower utility bills.
Metal roofs last a long time
You can expect to get at least 50 years out of a metal roof. Compare this to asphalt roofs, which tend to last about 20 – 30 years, and you'll see that you save an entire roof replacement when you choose metal over asphalt. Surely, this more than makes up for the higher upfront cost of a metal roof.
As an added bonus, you'll be generating less waste by choosing a metal roof over an asphalt one. Most are made from recycled materials and can be recycled when the time finally does come to replace them.
Metal roofs reflect sunlight
This is especially true of metal roofs that are painted light colors, such as taupe or tan. Asphalt shingles absorb sunlight, which leads to higher cooling bills in the summer. If you live in a warm, sunny climate, switching to metal is a great choice for the environment and for your pocket book.
Metal roofs are lightweight
Aluminum, which is used to make most metal roofs, is very light. It places less stress on your home's weight-bearing structures than an asphalt roof would, which can increase the life expectancy of your home and decrease the likelihood of problems like cracks in the walls or cracks in the foundation.
Today's metal roofs don't blow off in the wind
One reason why some homeowners steer clear of metal roofs is that they've heard that the entire roof can blow off in a wind storm. This may have been true in the past, but today's metal roofs are designed with wind in mind.
They're comprised of interlocking panels that prevent the wind from getting underneath them. Actually, they're a better option than asphalt shingles, which blow off very easily, if you live in an area where high winds and hurricanes are common.
Most homeowners choose asphalt shingles just because they're familiar with them. However, it's worth your time to consider getting a metal roof instead. It may cost a little more up front, but you won't have to replace it for a long time, if ever, and you'll be doing the environment a favor by generating less waste. For more help, try contacting a roofing company to learn more.