Four Ways Metal Roofing Is Better Than Asphalt Shingling

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If you're in the planning stage for a new roofing project, it's a good idea to consider all the options you have for roofing materials. While asphalt shingling is the most frequently used material, especially on residential buildings, there's also a lot to be said for alternative roofing materials. One of the more affordable of these is metal roofing. Here are four reasons metal roofing is superior to asphalt shingling for a variety of purposes.

1. Lifespan

While asphalt shingles may last 20-25 years (depending on climate and other factors), metal roofing lasts much longer. Even the cheapest type, genuine aluminum, can be expected to last fifteen years longer than asphalt. Corrugated steel, which is a better grade of metal roofing, can last around sixty years. Or, if you never want to have to replace your roof again, consider copper roofing, which can last for not decades but centuries.

2. Installation

Metal roofing comes in much larger panels than asphalt shingles, meaning that there are fewer parts to assemble during installation. This helps the installation to go more quickly and makes the job an easier one.

3. Eco-friendly

A metal roof has more possibility for eco-friendliness than an asphalt shingle assembly. The one good thing about asphalt shingles is that they can be recycled. Unfortunately, their manufacture produces a lot of greenhouse gases and they absorb heat from the sun, reducing your AC efficiency and producing the urban heat island effect. A metal roof has much greater possibility for earth friendliness. Metal roofing is naturally reflective and lends itself easily to painting. Painting the roof a light color helps deflect the heat of the sun from your structure, and adding a "cool roof coating" can maximize this asset. In addition, metal roofing can be recycled after use.

4. Costs

Metal roofing panels are often less expensive than asphalt shingling, meaning the outlay for your roof replacement will be lower (this is unless you decide to make a one-time investment in copper panels). In addition, the roof may last much longer, saving you even more. For example, a corrugated steel roof may last three times as long, meaning that the cost of the roof in the long run is one-third what it appeared to be when you compare it with asphalt shingles.

These four points demonstrate that metal roofing is superior to asphalt shingling in several ways, allowing you to take advantage of lower prices, easier installation, and more energy-efficient summer cooling.

To learn more, contact a company like Advanced Seamless Gutter & Roofing Inc.

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