Metal roof or shingles? Food for thought. We understand you spend the majority of your time at home, and that you feel safe there. Roofs are one of the most neglected parts of your house. You are now in danger of major damage to the rest of your home as well if your roof is damaged.

In addition, Florida weather can be rather harsh at times, so taking precautions before an emergency occurs is particularly important.

We’ve decided to provide you with some information to help you decide on whether to choose asphalt shingles or a trendy, but the expensive metal roof, since many people aren’t sure what roofing system is right for them and their homes.

Metal Roof Or Shingles? Food For Thought

There are pros and cons to each option, so you may make an informed decision for yourself.

Metal roofing

Alloys, aluminium, steel, and copper can be used for metal roofing. Metal roofing is usually made of aluminium or steel because they are both durable and affordable.

The pros of a metal roof

Ultimately, installing a metal roof can provide several benefits:

Durability

As we mentioned previously, Florida weather can be harsh all year round. In comparison with other roofing materials, metal roofs combine strength with durability. It’s safe to say that you need a roof you can count on above your head when you live in Florida, where lightning strikes are common.

Metal roofs are known to withstand winds of over 140 mph, and depending on the type of material, they may also resist impact.

Longevity

Putting a metal roof on your house will mean that you won’t need to replace it again for at least 40 years! The average asphalt roof typically lasts half that time, up to 20 years.

Maintenance

Performing roof maintenance requires a lot of time and effort. (Refer to our Roof Preventative Maintenance Program for more information). Metal roofs may be the best solution for people who dread routine roof checks. Having your roof inspected isn’t something you can avoid. Metal roofs require less maintenance than asphalt ones, however.

The cons of a metal roof

For your convenience, we have also made a list of some of the downsides of getting a metal roof.

Noise

Metal roofs create a considerable amount of noise. It can be quite noisy to live in Florida during heavy thunderstorms. We may suggest adding insulation to the roof if you wish to reduce the sound of your roof.

Cost

Metal roofs cost more than asphalt roofs as you probably guessed. It’s important to know that synthetic shingles can cost up to three times as much as asphalt shingles?

At the end of the day, you have to decide whether the investment is worth it. Investing in a new roof may not make sense if you’re planning on moving soon.

Asphalt shingles

In addition to asphalt, fibreglass shingles and organic materials are also available. Typically, quartz, mica, schist, slate, ceramics, or stones are used as top coatings. To prevent an asphalt shingle from sticking to another, talc, sand, or mica is applied to the back of each one.

The pros of asphalt shingles

Metal roofing has several benefits, but we aren’t entirely against asphalt shingles. There are several advantages to installing asphalt roofing:

Cost

As we have already said, metal roofing is three times more expensive than asphalt. Asphalt shingles are probably the most commonly used roofing material due to their affordability. Asphalt roofing is popular because it is both affordable and offers good protection. The best option if you’re on a budget is probably to install asphalt shingles.

Fast installation

Often we can install asphalt shingles in just a few days since they are relatively quick to install. This depends greatly on your style of roof, as well as if you need to remove the old shingles beforehand. Despite this, asphalt shingles can be installed very quickly and are easier to install than other roofing types.

The cons of asphalt shingles

Quality is everything. However, there are some cons to asphalt shingles that we would like to point out:

Durability

The weather will still fluctuate and cause your shingles to crack once the weather changes. This is why some people don’t blink when asked whether they prefer asphalt shingles or metal roofing.

Maintenance

Learn about our Roof Preventative Maintenance Program if you intend to install asphalt shingles.  The deterioration of your roof can be caused by several factors. You should check your roof regularly for cracked shingles if you want it to stay intact as long as possible. Remember to also keep an eye out for moss and algae, which may form over time and harm your roof. For more information about our Roof Preventative Maintenance Program, call us today.

Conclusion

It’s been a long and thought-provoking week. You are the best person to decide which kind of roofing best suits your Florida climate since Florida weather can vary significantly from year to year.

Whatever type of roof you choose, proper installation and maintenance are key. Would you like to ask a question? If you want to talk about your roof or to have one of our experts come by for a free estimate, call Ridge Valley Exteriors at 844-741-7663.

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