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Metal vs. Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Metal roofs tend to be more durable. Metal roofs can stand up better to rain and wind so you’ll find that they standardly come with 40 year product warranties, and often outlast that with lifespans up to 80 years. Metal roofs are not without weaknesses, however: Extreme hail or falling branches could dent a metal roof,Feel Free to discuss vulnerability concerns with a Rep from Liberty Roofing Pros.

Metal roofs are more eco-friendly. Because they’re largely made of recycled material and can be recycled again and again, metal roofs are considered a more sustainable choice than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are also more energy-efficient thanks to their reflective qualities, which can block heat transmission to the home’s interior. Specialized paint coatings can further reduce your cooling bills. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, need to be replaced more frequently than metal roofs; it’s estimated that U.S. landfills receive nearly 20 billion pounds of old asphalt shingles annually. Also, asphalt shingles are a petroleum-based product, which increases dependency on fossil fuels.

Asphalt Shingles have a shorter lifespan due to their own unique set of weaknesses. Pooling water and chronically damp conditions can lead to algae and fungus growth, ice dams can create cracks, and temperature spikes between day and night can reduce the life of your shingle roof. Shingle roofs come with 20- to 50-year warranties, depending largely on the region, environment, and climate.

Asphalt shingle roofs generally are easier to install and repair. For pros, the work requires little specialized knowledge and basic tools. Metal roofing installation typically requires a more skilled and specialized tradesman. The job is more precise, with less room for error. However, some lightweight metal products may be able to be installed right over an existing roof in good condition, simplifying installation overall and eliminating the cost of ripping the original roof out.

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