Benefits of Metal Shingles versus Asphalt
asphalt roofing loses value quickly and is a poor long-term investment.
While metal shingle technology and design options have advanced over the past decade, asphalt roof shingle quality has fallen due to the reduction of the oil (asphalt) content that roofing manufacturers are using. To save money, these companies replace petroleum products with fillers and binders. Simply stated, the lower the asphalt content, the poorer the quality of the shingles. Modern day asphalt shingles are susceptible to premature deterioration and may often cup, curl, and shed granules in as little as a year after installation. You won’t experience that with the permanent nature of metal shingles.
Metal shingles and other metal roofing designs are popular alternatives to asphalt roofing shingles due to the many benefits that metal shingles provide. Although the price of asphalt shingles may seem attractive to many Wisconsin homeowners, asphalt roofing quickly loses value and is a poor investment over the long-term.
Metal Shingles Advantages
Metal Shingles Outperform Asphalt Every Time
Metal Shingles Versus Other Roofing Materials
Metal Shingles Deliver Benefits Over Other Roofing Materials
Metal shingles deliver benefits over not only asphalt, but also other inexpensive roofing materials that show signs of deterioration not long after installation. While temporary roofs are initially less expensive than installing a permanent metal roofing system, they are are not the best long-term investment. The cost of repairing damage caused by exposure to the elements of weather, energy inefficiency and periodic roof repair or replacement all add up over its short lifespan.
It is therefore not surprising that informed consumers are opting for metal shingle roofs over other so-called inexpensive options such as slate, clay, concrete, and wood shake.
Metal Shingles Outperform Wood Shake Shingles
Wood shake shingles have been used for centuries on roofs in North America. This is primarily because wood is readily available and is, therefore, an inexpensive option for roofing material. However, the wood shake has a short lifespan and is vulnerable to fire damage. It also requires a lot of maintenance.
Metal shingles are man-made and impervious to weather. This makes them susceptible to the growth of mold and algae. Water retained by the wood shakes results in the rotting of the wood. This, in turn, results in leaking. The penetration of moisture results in batten damage. The roof decking will then have to be replaced.
Metal Shingles Outperform Clay and Concrete Tile and Slate
Clay tiles and slate are also potential roofing options, but they are heavier than metal shingles. Their weight causes strain on the structure of the building below and make it more prone to collapse in the event of a fire.
These tiles are also highly porous, allowing water to seep through. When the water freezes, it expands; when it melts, it shrinks. This cycle of expansion and contraction leads t the cracking and breaking of tiles.
Metal shingles can withstand high winds, however, clay or concrete tiles can be damaged leaving holes in the rood and the interior of the home exposed.
While slate is a durable material, the nails that attach the slate to the roof are not. These nails are prone to damage, including rust, that may cause they to fail and pose a serious safety hazard if the slate falls.
Metal Shingles Versus Other Temporary Roofing Materials
There are various other temporary roofing materials including, ones made of rubber and composites, but they can prove expensive. They are also susceptible to fading and chalking when exposed to the sun. Their track record cannot stand up against metal shingles and isn’t worth the risk.
Permanent Metal Shingle Roofing
If you’re looking for a high quality roof that lasts, choose a permanent metal roofing system. Metal shingles are not only impervious to the elements, but also provide the benefits of efficiency, durability, and beauty.
Want to learn more about metal roof installation? Contact Swita Metal Roofing. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with options for the protection and beauty of your home.