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Fort Worth Roofing: Article About Metal Vs Asphalt Shingles

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When it comes time to replace the roof on a home, there are many things to consider, such as the material of the replacement. Over the years, there has been a growing trend toward metal roofing and away from roofs made of asphalt shingles, which are more traditional in the United States. Before making the call to a Fort Worth roofing company, here are several things that should be considered when deciding between a traditional roof and a metal one.

While it is true that metal roofing is a larger financial investment upfront, it is also true that metal outlasts asphalt by decades. A metal roof lasts upwards of 50 years with minimal maintenance. Asphalt roofing needs to be heavily maintained at least three or four times in its lifetime, and it needs to be replaced completely every 10 years or so. If the homeowner is planning on living in the house for the long term, metal roofing is a great option.

Metal roofing isn't just for industrial buildings anymore. With the growing trend in homeowners choosing metal over asphalt, slate and clay, the designs of metal roofing panels have changed dramatically over the last decade. Metal roofs now come in a variety of styles from large panels more familiar on warehouses to pieces that are designed to look like asphalt shingles.

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Metal roofing also comes in a wide variety of types. Often called tin roofing, these roofs aren't actually made of tin at all. More likely, a residential roof will be an aluminum alloy, steel, copper or zinc with protective coating to mitigate oxidation.

While a metal roof may be costlier to initially install, there are also chances for a federal rebate, and metal roofs are less likely to need repairs over their lifetime. Many come with a lifetime warranty as well. Metal may be more energy efficient roofing because cool roofing keeps air conditioning costs down in the summer whereas asphalt shingles hold in the heat, making the air conditioner work much harder.

The overall investment of the new roof should be considered. If a home is going to be sold in the next 10 years, then more traditional roofing may be the right option as homeowners may not be able to recoup the costs of the new roof. In the last five years, the price of asphalt shingles has doubled while the cost of metal shingling has risen only about 5 percent.

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