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A Comparison Of Metal And Asphalt-Shingle Roofs

Asphalt shingles are some of the least expensive roofing materials on the market. This makes them attractive to homeowners who are trying to save a few dollars. While shingles are not expensive, they also are not the best roofing material to use if you know your home will be exposed to highly inclement weather. Metal roofing, on the other hand, can resist fire, hail, wind, and other damage. 

What Do You Need to Know about Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt is waterproof, but when it is baked by the sun's UV rays, it becomes brittle. For this reason, asphalt shingles are covered with protective granules which reflect heat away from your shingles. Hail can scrape these granules off, which will leave the asphalt in your roof exposed to the sun. Once the shingles become brittle, they can crack and start to leak. A strong wind can also tear your shingles or rip them off of your roof altogether. A metal roof is also impervious to fire. If you live in a mild climate, then these concerns should not really bother you. Instead, you should feel free to keep your installation costs down by using an asphalt shingle roof. 

When Is Metal Roofing the Better Choice?

Metal roofing costs a little more money than asphalt shingles, but you get several advantages for your extra cost. Metal will not degrade in the sun, and if you get a thick grade of metal, you don't have to worry about hail damaging it. Metal will be secured to your roof deck with heavy-duty screws, so a metal roof will withstand even gale-force winds. Snow will slide right off of a metal roof, so you don't have to worry about snow weight accumulating on your roof and causing structural damage to your home. Furthermore, metal is impervious to fire. If you live in a forest where your home is at risk for fire and/or inclement weather is common, you should upgrade to a metal roof to avoid high repair costs. 

When you choose a roof for your home, you need to make sure that you choose a roof that will protect your home from the elements and from high costs. In some cases, your best choice for roof will be asphalt shingles. On the other hand, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, windstorms or fires, you should really consider installing a metal roof on your home. 

Speak to a roofing contractor to find out which type of roof may be best for your home or business.