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Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

When comparing metal roofing to asphalt shingle types there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration such as price, durability, roofing style preference, overall maintenance, and lifespan of each roof type.

Life Expectancy:

While the initial material and installation cost of a metal roof type is higher than asphalt shingle roofs, their longevity is far superior lasting 40 to 80 years depending on metal type. Metal roofs last two to three times longer than a typical asphalt shingle roof, which sometimes only lasts 7 to 14 years.

Return on Investment:

Metal roofing can also increase the resale value of your home. Homeowners who invest in metal roofing get an average return on investment of 85.9% on their home’s resale value. Metal roofing can also lower your insurance rates and save you money because of its fire resistance, especially in states like Texas and California that are vulnerable to wildfires. Metal roofs boast a contemporary style, extensive warranties (30 to 50 years), and are very durable even in extreme elements such as heavy snow, hail, and even fire. It takes an advanced knowledge to properly install metal roofs and it’s best left up to the roofing professionals in your area.

Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

When comparing metal roofing to asphalt shingle types there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration such as price, durability, roofing style preference, overall maintenance, and lifespan of each roof type.

Life Expectancy:

While the initial material and installation cost of a metal roof type is higher than asphalt shingle roofs, their longevity is far superior lasting 40 to 80 years depending on metal type. Metal roofs last two to three times longer than a typical asphalt shingle roof, which sometimes only lasts 7 to 14 years.

Types of Metal Roofing

Here are the most common types of metal roofing on the market:

    • Aluminum Roofs
    • Copper Roofing
    • Corrugated Metal Roof
    • Metal Tile Roofs
    • Metal Slate Roofs
    • Standing Seam Metal Roofs
    • Steel Roofs
    • Tin Roofing
    • Zinc Metal Roof

Corrugated Steel Metal Roof

Corrugated steel roofing panels are thin and lightweight, which means it can be installed over an existing roofing. This cuts down on the costs of removing old roofing. However, the quality tends to match the price, as these metal panels are vulnerable to leaks and rust.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

Standing seam roofs are the most common metal roof design due to its availability all over the U.S. to roofing installers and easy access to metal materials. The design features vertical panels that are joined by interlocking seams as seen below.

Steel and Aluminum Roofing

Though metal shingles aren’t as affordable as corrugated metal roofing panels, they are a better deal overall. Aluminum shingles typically last 40 years or more and are much more resistant to leaks and rust than corrugated metal roofing panels.

Copper Roofing

Copper roofing can last up to 80 years if well maintained.

Stone Coated Steel Roofing

Stone coated metal roof types allow for aesthetic diversity by offering the benefits of metal roofing with the look of more traditional clay or slate shingles at a fraction of the cost. Stone coated metal roofing is very durable and will offer a long lasting roofing option.

Metal Roofing Maintenance

From the factory, your metal roof products will be coated with either zinc (galvanized) or a mixture of aluminum and zinc (galvalume or zincalume). Of those options, galvalume is the longest lasting. All coatings are available in varying levels of thicknesses. Thicker coatings will absolutely last longer, but will also cost more initially. No matter which coating you select though, at some point, long term exposure to the elements will deteriorate the protective finish and you’ll need to recoat. A simple recoat with a polymer coating (Kynar is the most popular) will restore your metal roof to like-new conditions. To wash, use simple soap and water–a hose or a pressure washer can be used, but avoid abrasive tools like wire brushes or steel wool that can scratch your roof. If you do scratch your roof, the scratched area can be wiped down with mineral spirits and touch up paint can be applied with a paintbrush. The long-life of your metal roof can be enhanced with proper maintenance.

Metal Roofing Energy Efficiency

Traditional roofing products contribute an estimated 16 billion pounds of waste to landfills on an annual basis. Metal roofing systems are more eco-friendly options as they are made from 30-60% recycled material (and is 100% recyclable) and can be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the out-of-pocket cost, as well as the environmental impact of taking off and disposing an old roof.

Most metal roofing products make use of reflective pigment technology, making your home more energy efficient and decreasing your monthly utility bills by up to 40%. Reflective pigment technology comes in the form of a simple coating that enables metal roofs to reflect heat in the summer, while providing superior insulation in the winter. Metal roof systems provides long-term energy savings, while decreasing your overall environmental impact.

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