When it comes to roofing materials, there are two that stand out as the most popular and reliable – asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Asphalt shingles have been the standard roofing for many homes for several decades while metal roofs are rising in popularity. If you’re not sure which one best fits your home, then read on as Perfect Exteriors Minnesota, Inc. explains their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Asphalt Strengths and Weaknesses
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for many homes simply because they are the most inexpensive. They have a respectably long lifespan, and organic asphalt shingles in particular are treated with an extra protective resin that improves its water resistance.
Our roofing company recommends asphalt if you want an inexpensive roofing material that’s easy to install. The only real weakness of asphalt is that it tends to decay faster with sudden weather changes, such as abrupt rain and then heat. Wind also tends to generate uplift on the shingles. Despite these small setbacks, they are a reliable material that will last a long time with regular maintenance and care.
Metal Roofing: Strengths and Weaknesses
Metal roofing has an “average” lifespan of around 50 years or longer. It also requires less maintenance and rarely needs repair work since it boasts higher durability, strength, and elemental resistance than other roofing materials. Metal roofs also reflect heat instead of absorbing it, which means you’re looking at a home that’s relatively cool all year round.
The only downside of metal roofing is that it is pricier compared to asphalt. Metal roofing is also inherently heavier, although there are metal roofing systems that only weigh around 50 to 150 pounds per square. Despite these, metal is guaranteed to give you significant returns on investment.
Not sure which roofing material to install? Let our roofing contractor help you pick the best one for your home! Give us a call at (763) 271-8700 for more information on our services. Our roofing company serves homeowners all throughout Minneapolis, MN.