One of the top benefits of metal roofing is curb appeal. Metal roofing is often considered one of the more aesthetically pleasing roofing materials, so if you’re considering selling your home in the near future, it could be in your favor to upgrade to a metal roof. In addition to curb appeal, benefits of metal roofs include:
- Lightweight materials
- Little to no maintenance required
- Energy efficiency
- Higher safety ratings than traditional shingles (noncombustible and fire-resistant)
With metal roofing, you also have a myriad of customization options. When customizing your metal roof, you can choose between copper, steel, zinc, aluminum, and other durable options as well as custom colors, styles, and designs. Moreover, if you prefer the look of other roofing styles over metal, you can choose a metal roof that mimics other roofing materials, such as shingles.
Metal roofs have the longest lifespan of all the roofing materials currently on the market. A metal roof can last 40 to 70 years, which means it will need less frequent repairs and replacements. This longevity is a large factor in deciding which material will be the most cost-effective for your home. While the up-front expenses may be higher for a metal roof, traditional shingles need more frequent replacements and are damaged much more quickly. Even when compared to architectural shingles, the longevity of metal roofing can’t be beat.
If you’re drawn to the look of traditional asphalt shingles, architectural shingles may be the best option for you. The benefits of architectural shingles include:
- Longer warranties
- Low maintenance
- Fire resistance
- Ease of installation
- Lower up-front costs
In regard to initial expenses, these shingles sit right between traditional shingles and metal roofing. Much like metal roofing, they can pay for themselves over time by requiring fewer repairs and replacements. Architectural shingles cut down on waste because of their shape and lack of tabs, making them eco-friendly, as well. Similarly to metal, they are highly durable and can withstand winds up to 120 mph with little maintenance.
Architectural shingles are customizable to match the look of any home. For a fraction of the cost you would pay for the actual materials, these shingles can imitate high-end slate tile, cedar shingles, and many other designs. You have the flexibility to keep the high-end look while lowering the price and increasing the durability. Architectural shingle roofs typically last 25 to 30 years. Comparatively, traditional shingles typically last 15 to 20 years.