The roof is the most important surface in your entire home. Not only does it add style, it also protects every single area of your home. Because your roof is faced with so much potentially damaging weather, it is necessary to choose the best material for your budget and the weather conditions in which you live in. When it comes to choosing metal or asphalt roofing, there are many pros and cons of each material that need to be considered. Let Superior Home Improvements of Lexington, Kentucky show you the difference between these two roofing materials to help you make the best choice for your home.
Metal Roofing is incredibly lightweight; one of the lightest materials available for home installation, in fact. Depending on the type of metal that you choose, the weight will obviously vary, but on the whole metal roofing is lighter than other types of roofing, including asphalt. Metal roofing is very durable and has a long lifespan. Metal is weather resistant, rust resistant, and will last around 60 years depending on the level of maintenance that you provide. Metal is an excellent choice for leak prevention, wind resistance, and is completely fireproof. In addition, metal roofs will reflect heat away from your home, keeping your house cooler in the hot summer months and increasing your home’s energy efficiency. Metal is also recyclable and many metal roofing options are crafted from recycled products. While metal roofing has many benefits, it does also have a few downsides. Metal roofing is expensive, has a very distinct appearance that may clash in a suburban area, and will expand and contract with the temperature, which could lead to potential leaks.
Asphalt roofing is the most commonly used shingle material and has been used for over 100 years in the home building industry. Asphalt roofing is affordable; slabs of shingles cost around $150 dollars per slab. Asphalt is incredibly easy to handle and install, sometimes taking only one or two days for a full installation. Because the material is so easy to use, it is also simple to repair if damage ever occurs. Asphalt roofing comes in a wide range of style options that can be customized to meet your style needs. While traditional asphalt shingles are used widely for a reason, there are cons to this material type. Asphalt is susceptible to damage. While asphalt shingles does provide a good level of protection, shingles can easily be dislodged and damaged by debris and high winds. Damage to a singular shingle can lead to damage to multiple shingles, so repair must be performed quickly. Because asphalt shingles are so widely used, their appearance can be boring. Lastly, asphalt roofing will not provide your home with any additional energy efficiency and unfortunately, shingles are not made from recycled materials and cannot be recycled after use.
If you have more questions about which roofing material is right for your home, Superior Home Improvements is here to help. Contact Superior Home Improvements today to talk to one of our experts about your available options for new roofing. With an A+ rating from the BBB and as a member of Angie’s List, we can assure you that our services will meet all your standards. Proudly serving the greater Lexington area, our team of experienced professionals can help you with all your home improvement needs.