Asphalt shingles are still the most popular roofing material in the U.S. They are preferred by most homeowners for many good reasons, including longevity of up to 20 years, reliability through different seasons, and comparatively low maintenance and installation costs.
However, asphalt shingle roofs are not the only option if you are thinking about building a new home or replacing your old roof with a different material.
Over the years, metal roofing has consistently grown in popularity and acceptance. If you’re on the fence about installing a metal roof, perhaps you should find out more about its many advantages. Here are five of the most important things you should know about this roofing material:
1. A Metal Roof Is Highly Cost-Effective
The best asphalt shingle roofs can carry a warranty of up to 30 years, and that’s a good length of time between replacements. Metal roofs, however, can last up to 50 years and beyond. Some statistics even reveal that metal roofing can last up to 70 years. That’s possible with basic but regular maintenance.
2. Metal Roofing Is Highly Durable
A metal roof is tougher than a shingle roof. This isn’t just about longevity; it’s also about how a metal roof is impervious to the common threats that can damage other materials: fire, insect damage, debris, and rot. Even if you live in a snow-prone area, you don’t have to worry about snow staying too long on your roof to cause damage. The sun’s heat, conducted by metal, will melt the snow and it will slide off more easily on a metal roof.
3. Metal Roofs Are Energy-Efficient
Metal roofs are often mistaken for heat conductors that lead to uncomfortable indoor temperatures. The truth is, a metal roof will reflect solar radiant heat, so it actually helps reduce your cooling costs, even by as much as 25 percent. You can also add more solar reflectivity by applying a granular or shiny coat on a metal roof.
4. A Metal Roof Is Environment-Friendly
Metal roofs are often made using recycled material. When your metal roof is replaced, the old material is up to 100% recyclable. While some asphalt shingles are recycled for building asphalt roads, many also end up in landfills.
5. Metal Roofs Are Not Noisier Than Asphalt Shingles
This is another common misconception. The truth is, metal roofs don’t make more noise than your average asphalt roof because they are typically installed over a solid substrate. Your attic plus its insulation also reduces the sound of rain or hail.
A metal roofing system is a great investment. If you’re ready for roofing inspections, or if you’ve decided to replace your roof, call Redemption Roofing. Get in touch with us today at (936) 321-3733 or fill out our contact form for a free inspection and cost estimate.