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Traditional Asphalt vs Metal Roofing: Which is a better investment?

A roof problem often leads to the realization that it’s time for roof replacement. While this is news that a homeowner typically dreads, a new roof can refresh the look of your home while lasting for decades, if installed and maintained correctly.

A new roof is a necessity, but it is also an investment that pays dividends in the form of energy savings, resale value, home beautification and peace of mind. A new roof should last decades, so consider your options before hiring an experienced contractor to embark on the project.

Homeowners today have a choice when it comes to roofing materials. Metal roofs are quite popular and can make a house look instantly updated – even while asphalt roofs are installed on most homes, likely yours as well. While there are no wrong answers, each have benefits.

Asphalt Roofs

What: Asphalt roofs are most common across many styles of homes. This versatile product comes in multiple styles and colors, each creating a different pattern on your roof.

Pros: The materials are readily available, and many contractors are experienced in installing and maintaining asphalt materials. Asphalt roofs are easy to install and can be patched should problems arise. Properly installed asphalt roofs should last 30 or more years and are less expensive than metal roofs.

Cons: Asphalt roofs should be inspected annually to inspect for leaks and expected wear. These inspections are likely required to maintain the warranty.

Metal Roofs

What: Standing seam metal roofs consist of metal panels locked together at the seams or mechanically seamed. This allows for the metal panels to expand and contract freely when the metal heats up. They come in many colors to compliment your home.

Pros: A properly installed metal roof will last 50 years or more with virtually no maintenance. Because of this, they may add value to your home.

Cons: Metal roofs are more expensive in part because they take more skill to install and there are fewer qualified, experienced contractors.

Mixing Materials

Depending on the architecture of your home, it may be appropriate – and stylish – to mix both shingles and metal on your home. A roofing contractor should provide a portfolio of previous homes and consult with you regarding design, colors and how best to incorporate both materials into your architecture.

While it’s easy to feel the pressure of a need for a new roof, workmanship matters. A reputable contractor will provide education, options and the appropriate time to consider your options. If you feel rushed or pressured, you may need to find a more compatible company to execute your vision. A roof is a significant investment that should not be rushed.

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