Dallas Roofing: Article About Metal Roofs Versus Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles have held the top spot for the most popular roofing material for decades, but its reign may be coming to an end with the rising popularity of metal roofs. Metal roofs are not only attractive, they're extremely durable and becoming more affordable with time. Dallas roofing companies are happy to guide homeowners when they're deciding between metal roofs and asphalt shingles for their home.
Obviously, asphalt shingles are the cheapest option in terms of price per square foot and manpower, but they're far less durable than metal. An asphalt roof only lasts 15 to 30 years depending on its installation, the care it receives and the climates it's exposed to. Areas with mild climates can see higher-quality asphalt shingles that last over 35 years, but hot and sunny weather can greatly reduce the asphalt's lifespan. A metal roof, on the other hand, lasts anywhere from 50 to 100 years, which means many homeowners will probably never have to replace their roof during their lifetime. Insurance rates for metal roofs might also be lower because it is completely fireproof. This is a huge selling point in areas with frequent wildfires and for homes with a fireplace and chimney.
Many people prefer the look of metal to asphalt shingles. Metal roofs come in a variety of colors and textures, so it's almost completely customizable to the home's architecture and the homeowner's tastes.
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Asphalt comes in a few different colors or textures, but the shingles all look the same regardless of their color. Metal will fare better aesthetically in hot, sunny regions because it reflects heat instead of absorbing it like asphalt does.
Asphalt also requires more maintenance than metal. Metal needs to be cleaned and checked for corrosion or damaged seams, but other than that, homeowners don't need to do anything to it. Asphalt roofs, on the other hand, need to be checked at least twice a year for lifted, slipped or damaged shingles.
A common concern with metal roofs is how much noise is created when it rains or hails. People mistakenly believe that, because metal roofs on barns and other outbuildings are noisy, metal will be loud on a home. However, metal roofs installed on a home have a solid wood decking beneath the metal that acts as a muffler and eliminates almost all of the noise created by rain and hail.
When the budget isn't a factor, metal is a great roofing option for homes in all areas of the country. It's attractive, durable and cost-effective in the long term.