Your choice of roofing material should hinge on more than which material comes with the cheapest initial cost. Choosing a material with a small initial cost will often lead you to increased costs in the long run. This is definitely the case with asphalt shingles. If you want long-lasting value, then you should choose metal roofing instead. You will save money on replacement and repair costs down the road.
Weaknesses of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are one of the most common materials on the market. Their popularity, however, should not be considered an endorsement of their quality. Instead, asphalt shingles are common because most homeowners are focused on keeping the cost of building their home down. The problem with asphalt shingles is that they only last 15-20 years. This may sound like a long time, but it is important to note that this number is based on ideal conditions. A strong wind can rip shingles off of your roof, hail can punch holes in them, snow can build up on them and collapse your roof or cause ice dams, and mold can cause them to rot. Thus, your maintenance and replacement costs can be quite high with asphalt shingles.
Strengths of Metal Roofing
Asphalt shingles will cost around $5,000 for every 1200 square feet of roof you have to cover. Galvanized steel roofing will cost around $12,000 to cover the same area. Thus, galvanized steel roofing is much more expensive in terms of initial cost. Your metal roofing will, however, stand up to hail, high winds, and snow, so you should not have to worry as much about maintenance costs, and your roof should last for around sixty years. Thus, you will have to replace your asphalt-shingle roof three or four times—at a cost of $15,000-20,000 before you have to replace a metal roof even once. Thus, a metal roof will be more cost effective in the long run.
Metal roofs have been in use for centuries; thus, no matter what style you are trying to create with your home, you should be able to find metal residential roofing to match. Once your roof is in place, you may never have to worry about replacing it and should rarely have to worry about maintenance. It is easy to focus on initial cost when you are choosing a roof for your home, on the other hand, this myopic focus can leave you exposed to increased costs down the road. Choosing a galvanized steel roof will offer you better value in the long run.