5 Benefits Of Installing A Metal Roof

If your old asphalt shingle roof is getting old, you may be considering replacing it. However, if your current roof is an asphalt shingle roof, consider switching to metal instead of getting another asphalt roof. Metal roofs have many amazing benefits over asphalt shingle roofs. Check out these five benefits of installing a metal roof.   

Metal Roofs Are Affordable

Perhaps one of the biggest reason homeowners choose asphalt shingles for their roof is the low cost. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option, at $50 per roofing square. However, metal is still an extremely affordable option at about $100 to $260 per roofing square, depending on the type of metal, the slope of your roof, etc. To compare, one of the most expensive roofing materials is slate, which costs about $300 to $600 per roofing square. Plus, like asphalt, metal is a lighter roofing material, so you won't need to install an extra support system, which you might with heavier materials like slate.

You May Avoid a Total Replacement

If you have an asphalt roof, you may be familiar with an overlay. With asphalt shingles, you don't always have to completely remove the old roof when it's time for a new roof. During an overlay, roofers place new roofing shingles over the old ones. Like an overlay, metal roofs can sometimes be installed directly over the old asphalt shingle roof. This means that it will take less time to replace the roof, and and there will be less work/waste. Last, if your old roof doesn't need to be removed, your home will be protected during the entire reroofing process, so you don't need to worry about rain or leaks. If you have underlying damage to the roof, the roofer may still recommend a total replacement.

Metal Roofs Are a Durable Option

One of the biggest downsides to asphalt shingle roofs is their durability. Asphalt shingles may be the cheapest option, but they are also the least durable. Asphalt shingle roofs only last about 15 to 20 years. Metal roofs, however, give you about 20 to 40 years. Therefore, even though they cost more initially, you won't need to replace a metal roof as often as an asphalt roof. Of course, more expensive roofing options tend to last longer. For example, slate may last 50 years or more with the right care.

You Can Install Dampers for Quiet

Metal roofs have come a long way from when they were first used. You may think that a metal roof would be loud, especially when rain or hail hits the metal. However, this shouldn't be the case. If you have a skilled roofer install your metal roof, they will install a damper with noise-absorbing materials. These are installed under the metal, so when something hits the roof, the materials absorb most of the sound, so you don't have to hear it. If you have your metal roof installed over your old asphalt shingle roof, it may work as a damper too.

It's an Environmentally Conscious Choice

Roofs are big and can create a lot of waste. All that waste may end up in the landfill, depending on which roofing material you are using. However, metal is an environmentally conscious roofing choice because a lot of the metal used to craft new metal roofs is recycled from old metal, including old metal roofs. When your metal roof gets old and needs to be replaced, it will likely be reused to help make new roofs. Plus, using recycled metal to craft new roofs uses less energy because processed materials require less energy than raw materials when crafting.

If your old asphalt shingle roof is ready to go, consider replacing it with a metal one because of the many amazing benefits. Metal roofs are a little more expensive, but they last longer, making them a better investment in your home. 

To learn more about your roofing material options, contact a company like Foam Experts Co.