One of the most popular roofing materials in the U.S. is the asphalt shingle. The reason for this is that asphalt shingles are inexpensive. Thus, in an effort to save money, many people will buy an asphalt-shingle roof. When they do this, they are showing a myopic focus on initial costs, which can lead to greater costs down the road. By choosing a more durable roofing material, you will increase your initial costs, but you will decrease your costs in the long run. Metal is a durable, versatile material that makes a great roofing material.
Low-Friction Snow Protection
Asphalt shingles roofs are covered with tiny granules of rocks which protect the underlying asphalt from the sun's damaging UV rays. This creates a surface on the shingles which is rougher than a sheet of sandpaper. With this rough surface, shingles will prevent snow from sliding off of your roof, and eventually, the weight of the snow will collapse your roof, and the weight of this collapse can destroy a house.
Metal panels create a smooth surface, which will allow snow to slide right off of your roof. This will prevent the weight of the snow from damaging your roof and will also prevent you from having to climb up onto your roof to shovel off the snow.
Asphalt shingles can be damaged by hail and wind can rip them right off of your roof. While asphalt shingles can last for 15–20 years in ideal conditions, weather damage can destroy a roof in one severe storm no matter whether the roof is one year old or twenty years old.
Metal is a rigid material which will hold up to hail and because of the way that metal is fastened to a roof, it can withstand high winds. Thus, metal roofs are highly durable.
The longer a roof lasts, the less you have to pay to replace your roof. A galvanized steel roof will last for 60 years. That's up to four times longer than how long an asphalt-shingle roof lasts. Thus, a good metal roof can help you drastically reduce your replacement costs.
When you buy a roof, you need to consider all of the conditions that a roof has to contend with. Metal roofs cost more money initially than an asphalt-shingle roof, but because a metal roof lasts longer and can take more abuse, you will decrease your maintenance and repair costs. Talk with a roofing contractor like Afab Enterprises about your options.