Although most residential roofing in the Loveland and Fort Collins area is installed using asphalt shingles, there are many other options when it comes to choosing a material for you roof. The experts at Schroeder Roofing have been installing, repairing, and replacing roofs in this area since the ‘70s, and we offer more than just the standard asphalt shingles. We also offer metal roofing options to our residential customers. Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of this roofing material.
Pros of Metal Roofing
Depending on the exact metal used, the climate within which the house sits, and the quality of the installation, a metal roof will last much longer than traditional asphalt shingles. Whereas asphalt shingles have a lifespan of up to twenty years, a metal roof can last more than three times that long assuming the material, climate, and installation quality permit it.
Weight & Durability
Metal boasts durability that asphalt shingles do not have. Unlike asphalt, metal will not crack, tear, or blow away. Despite the high durability of metal roofing, it is also comparatively lightweight. Other roofing materials, such as shingles, clay, concrete, tile, etc., can be three or even four times heavier than metal roofing.
Asphalt shingles absorb heat from sunlight throughout the day, causing temperatures to rise within the home and causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In contrast, a metal roof will reflect much of this head rather than absorbing it, making metal roofing a great option for energy efficiency.
Cons of Metal Roofing
High Upfront Costs
Metal roofing has a much higher upfront cost than other more traditional roofing materials. For example, you could pay $5 per square foot for asphalt shingles or $10 to $15 per square foot for metal roofing materials. Many homeowners consider the upfront cost of metal roofing too expensive while others focus on the longevity of the pricier option.
Whether or not the noise of a metal roof is a disadvantage will really depend on you. Many people can’t stand the sound of rain or hail on a metal roof while others find it soothing. If you don’t think you’d be able to sleep or work in a house with a metal roof, then this is probably not the right roofing material option for you.
Dents & Rust
Although metal roofs are not susceptible to many of the damages that befall asphalt shingles, they can be prone to denting depending on the specific material. Some metal materials may also be prone to rusting. When it comes to choosing your metal roofing material, be sure to do the proper research first to choose the ideal material for your home, area, and budget.
Learn more about your metal roofing options by consulting one of the roofing specialists at Schroeder Roofing. Serving the Loveland and Fort Collins area since the ‘70s, Schroeder has the expertise and experience you deserve. Get in touch with us by calling or by contacting us online.