Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles
Why choose metal over asphalt for your roof
It’s simple; without a roof, your home wouldn’t be livable. Top Metal Roofs is a metal roofing company in Toronto and we’re focused on constructing, installing, and maintaining metal roofs that not only look gorgeous, but that also last for a very long time. You might think that since it’s our business, we’re biased when it comes to the metal roofing vs. asphalt debate. Let’s remember, though, it was our choice to go into the metal roofing business. We easily could have chosen to go the asphalt route. While there are obvious benefits to both roofing materials, we thought we’d start off our first blog with talking about why metal outweighs asphalt in terms of metal roof construction and material.
There are two reasons why we believe that metal roofs look better than your standard asphalt ones. Asphalt has somewhat of a grainy appearance that sometimes looks dirty, even when it’s brand new. Personally, we’d rather not have a home topped with sandpaper, but that’s just our preference. Metal roofing, on the other hand, lacks the grainy and dirty appearance and presents a smooth, beautiful surface that looks incredible year round. Don’t believe us? Check out our metal roof installation gallery. Nice, right?
The other reason why the aesthetic of metal roofs beat that of asphalt ones is that metal doesn’t break down as easily. Asphalt, on the other hand, tends to peel and break after storms and years of wear and tear. If you’re not regularly maintaining your asphalt roof and having it touched up, it’s going to look awful. Remember, the exterior of your home is the first thing that people see, and if your roof is looking run down, your entire home is. Because metal roofs are built to last and last through the wear and tear for decades, they won’t look worn down after a few years of enduring the seasons.
We mentioned this in the previous bit, but metal roofs have an incomparably longer lifespan than shingles do. Usually, you’ll have to have your shingle roof replaced about every 10 to 15 years which can add up cost wise and time wise. With a metal roof installation, you’re practically one and done as metal roofs last much longer and require little to no reconstructive work during their lifetime. While metal roofs might be more costly up front, the money that you save from not having to schedule maintenance, repairs, and reconstruction pays off in the long run. Trust us, the initial investment is worth it.
There are two reasons why metal roofs end up being far better for the environment than your standard asphalt ones. First, because standard roofs need to be repaired and replaced every few years, you need to toss or recycle the asphalt shingles from the previous job. Unfortunately, while asphalt technically can be recycled, albeit difficulty, it’s often sent to the landfill instead. This process is ultimately terrible for the environment. Not only do you not need to regularly repair and replace metal roofs, but their composition ultimately has an environmentally friendly impact on the home as they’re normally made with recycled materials!
Metal roofs also help to reduce energy usage in your home. First, in the summer, they reflect heat and sunlight which means a naturally cooler home and less need for the AC. Second, with the installation of sun tubes, the natural light from the sun makes switching the lights on less necessary!
If you have an asphalt roof or you’re constructing a new home, try a metal roof installation by Top Metal Roofs. It will look amazing and last for decades. We promise! Call today.