Asphalt roofs are one of the most common roofs you will find across this country. Rather than assume that their popularity has to do with their superior performance as compared to other roofing materials out there, you need to know that asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing material on the market. Thus, the popularity of asphalt roofs merely indicates that homeowners are interested in saving money. If this is the case, as a homeowner you should consider replacing your asphalt shingles with metal panels.
Metal Handles Extreme Weather better than Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are susceptible to all sorts of weather damage. For example, hail can scrape off the protective granules that coat your roofing shingles. Once these granules are gone, the sun's UV rays can bake the volatiles out of the asphalt in the shingles, leaving them brittle and prone to cracking. Furthermore, wind can rip shingles off of your roof, and ice dams can cause leaks during the winter months.
In contrast, metal roofing panels will resist hail damage and will remain unaffected by the sun's UV rays. Because metal panels should run from the ridge of your roof to the eaves, you don't have to worry about leaks forming with ice dams. Furthermore, the low friction surface of a metal roof will allow snow to slough off before it has a chance to form ice dams, and because metal panels are affixed to your roof with decking screws, they will resist high winds much better than asphalt shingles.
Metal Roofing Reduces Heating Costs
Asphalt shingles absorb the sun's UV rays and then radiate them as heat into your home. While quality attic insulation should prevent most of this heat from entering your home, some heat will still get inside, drive up the temperature on the interior of your home, and thus drive up your heating costs. On the other hand, metal roofing will reflect the sun's rays away from your home and help to keep it cooler. In this way, metal roofing can decrease your cooling costs by up to 25%.
The initial cost of a roof is not the only cost worth considering. Instead, you should look at how well your roof holds up to the weather and how it affects your cooling costs. A roof that is susceptible to weather damage will drive up maintenance costs, and a roof that heats up your home will drive up utility costs. If long-term savings are what you are after, a metal roof is a better choice than asphalt shingles. Contact a local roofing contractor, such as one from Absolute Roofing, to see how they can best help fulfill your needs.