Metal roofs are the best choice for most homeowners. They're highly durable and can last for 50 years with regular maintenance. They won't granulate and suffer from severe cracks under the sun. Plus, you can recoat them with acrylic elastomeric paint that prolongs their lifespan and reduces physical damage. However, they're very expensive, and you'll need a metal roofing specialist to install this roof for you.
On the other hand, asphalt shingles are still a huge favorite among homeowners worldwide. They cost only a fraction of metal roofs, but they can achieve 20-30 years of durability and extreme weather protection. Asphalt shingles have a wide color variety available, making them suitable for many properties in various climates. If you need asphalt shingle repairs, plenty of roofers can handle the entire task for you at less cost than maintaining clay tiles or repairing metal roofs.
With these facts in mind, we strongly believe that asphalt shingle roofs are still better than metal roofs in many ways. Their short lifespan is advantageous because metal roofs can have hidden defects by the end of their lifespan. You can also replace any missing shingle or ones that have suffered severe cracks or splits because of a recent hailstorm.
Here are some more reasons to use asphalt roofing, according to Western States Metal Roofing.
Many would agree that the biggest advantage of asphalt shingles is the price tag. In fact, asphalt shingles are the most economical roofing material currently on the market.
The installed cost of a new shingle roof can be as little as $1.50 per square foot and up to $5.50 per square foot. That may seem like a big range, but it’s because the price depends on the type of shingle you choose.
There are different grades of roof shingles that affect the price because of quality. As you might expect, the better the shingle, the more it will cost you.
The higher quality shingles, such as dimensional shingles, tend to be thicker which also increases their durability, curb appeal, and longevity. They usually also come with a longer warranty than the less expensive 3-tab shingle. It’s important to look at the different shingle options to see which one best matches your needs and budget.
2. Simple Installation
Asphalt shingles are arguably the easiest and fastest type of roofing to install. Most homes typically only take a day to have a whole new roof installed. This makes it a popular roofing choice for DIY (do it yourself) enthusiasts that want to do the installation themselves and avoid the extra labor costs.
3. Easy To Find A Qualified Roofing Contractor
If you choose not to go the DIY route and want to have your roof professional installed, finding a roofing contractor shouldn’t be a problem.
While only certain contractors specialize in metal or clay tile roofing installations, that can make finding a qualified installer difficult, almost all professional roofing contractors offer asphalt shingle installations.
Since asphalt shingle installations are easier than installing other roofing materials, the installation cost is also less than other roofing types.
4. Easier Repairs
While it’s not uncommon for a shingle to have to be replaced or repaired, it also isn’t nearly as big (or as expensive) a deal as repairs on alternative roof syles.
Replacing an asphalt shingle is a quick and easy process that, like the installation, is possible to do on your own. In fact, most asphalt shingle maintenance, in general, can be done yourself. (Continued)
You can always trust Miller's Home Improvement if you need asphalt shingle or metal roof replacements. We won't fail you and can only achieve the best results for your roof replacement needs with our decades of experience.