If you’re in the market for a new roof, you might be weighing your options between a traditional asphalt shingle roof and a metal roofing system.
Although you might be aware of some of the differences between the two (and if not, we’ll go over those!), what you might not know is that not all metal roofs are created equal. That means making the choice to invest in a metal roof requires just a little bit more research in order to figure out which type of roof will be the most beneficial for you and your home.
What’s the difference between asphalt shingle and metal roofs?
Asphalt shingle roofs are the type of roof that you most likely think of when picturing the average home’s roof. They’re the most common type of roofing system in the United States!
An asphalt shingle roof’s shingles are not made out of pure asphalt. Instead, they’re made out of paper or fiberglass covered with asphalt, which is then covered with a layer of fine ceramic material to give it the texture that it’s known for.
Asphalt shingle roofs typically last for up to 20 years, which means that you might need a roof before you’ve even finished paying off your mortgage!
On the other hand, metal roofs are made from metal sheets which are formed to interlock, preventing moisture from seeping in. A metal roof can look like sheets of metal locked together, or it can be made using stone-coated steel to mimic the appearance of traditional asphalt shingles with a much longer lifespan.
What types of metal are metal roofs made from?
Consumers purchasing metal roofs can typically choose from a few options. These may include steel, copper, aluminum, zinc, or Galvalume.
Each type of metal used for metal roofing has pros and cons– choosing the right metal for your home depends on your area, your budget, and a few other factors.
What are some of the benefits of choosing a steel roof?
Steel roofing systems boast one of the most important benefits that a roof can offer: a very long lifespan.
While traditional asphalt shingle roofs only last about 20 years, a steel roof that’s received proper maintenance over the years can last at least 50 years. In fact, many steel roofs have lasted much longer– reportedly, even up to 100 years.
That’s right– steel roofing has been around for a long time. In fact, metal roofing has been used since at least the late 1700s!
Another benefit of choosing a steel roof is the simple nature of steel itself: it’s tough. There’s a reason why you hear phrases like “nerves of steel”!
When it comes to roofing, toughness is a very good quality to have. A tough steel roof can withstand hurricane-force winds, extreme temperature fluctuations, and even hail and falling debris.
Finally, steel roofing systems can help you save a lot of money on energy bills. Metal roofs work to keep your house better-insulated, which means it’ll stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer without hurting your wallet.
What are some cons of choosing a steel roof?
Over the years, some of the complaints about steel roofs that consumers have had include a lack of available colors, or an aesthetic that doesn’t match their home.
However, technology and manufacturing has improved, allowing stone-coated steel roofs to mimic the appearance of asphalt shingles– no one will even know it’s a metal roof! Plus, at Metal Roof Pros, we offer a wide variety of color options and styles so you’re certain to find a style that works perfectly for your home.
The only real disadvantage we can think of when it comes to steel roofing systems is the cost. Up-front, a steel roof costs more than a traditional asphalt shingle roof.
However, when you consider a steel roof’s extremely long lifespan and energy efficiency, you just might decide that the higher up-front cost is worth the long-term peace of mind.
If you’re ready to protect your home for decades to come, give Metal Roof Pros a call today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.