Metal roofing is growing rapidly in popularity as more people are coming to realize just how versatile, decorative and durable it is.
Asphalt roofing may need to be replaced anywhere from 12 to 20 years. The average asphalt roof lasts about 17 years. This is because asphalt roofing is made from an oily paper or of fiberglass. As soon as it hits your roof, it begins to break down and deteriorate. A metal roof, though, does not break down or deteriorate. Metal roofing is much more durable and longer lasting. It stands up to even the roughest, harshest weather conditions.
When you choose metal roofing, you have a lot of choices. There are many, many different designs, patterns and styles to choose from in fact, metal roofing can be designed to look just like slate, shingle, tile and even cedar shake. You have a lot more choices than you may realize.
Metal roofs are great at insulating your home. Unlike an asphalt roof which deteriorates in the high temps from the sun and other extreme weather, a metal roof does just the opposite, deflecting the sun’s rays. In turn, this keeps cold temperatures out in the cold weather and cool temperatures during the warm weather. In other words, your home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This cuts your heating and cooling bill considerably.
A metal roof will save you a ton of money in the long run. While it may cost more to install, once you have a metal roof, you will never have to replace your roof again – ever. Metal roofs do not break down and deteriorate. Think about it, when you have a roof that is virtually maintenance free, you will save a ton of money. Asphalt roofs need to be maintained regularly; they break down and eventually need to be replaced. Not so with a metal roof. Also, some insurance companies will give discounts to homeowners who have metal roofs.
A metal roof is better for the environment too. The National Association of Home builders Research Center estimates that around 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles find their way into United States landfills each year. To put that into perspective, if you loaded all of those asphalt shingles into 40,000 pound trailers and lined them up, end to end, the line would reach from New York City to Los Angeles, California, Back to New York City and then to Chicago. It is absolutely mind boggling. Metal roofing not only last much longer than asphalt shingles, it is also mostly recyclable.