A standing-seam metal roof is a great choice for your next roof when you want more longevity than asphalt shingles. However, you may feel that switching to a standing-seam metal roof is too great of a change in your home's style. Thankfully, you have an option available to you: metal shingle roofing.
While metal shingle roofs aren't as popular as standing-seam metal roofs, they share its longevity. Similarly to standing-seam metal roofs, metal shingle roofs are typically made from either galvanized steel or aluminum, and the shingles have multiple coats of long-lasting paint applied to them. Below, you'll find three great reasons to choose metal shingles as the material for your next roof.
1. Metal Has Greater Durability Than Asphalt
One of the reasons why people switch from asphalt shingle roofing to metal roofing is that you don't have to replace a metal roof as soon. When properly installed, a metal roof can last over twice as long as asphalt.
The reason behind this is that asphalt starts degrading when it's exposed to ultraviolet light. The asphalt's ability to bind aggregate together diminishes, which is why old asphalt shingles start shedding their granules. Once the shingles start losing their granules, they'll also start losing their ability to protect your home from the rain.
Metal, on the other hand, isn't affected by ultraviolet light. The worst damage a metal roof can suffer from the sun is faded paint. The roof's structural integrity is not compromised. This makes metal a much longer-lasting roofing option than asphalt.
2. Metal Shingles Are Less Expensive Than Standing-Seam Metal Roofing
One of the drawbacks of installing a standing-seam metal roof is the cost. The total cost of installing a metal roof is about the same as asphalt in the long run since you won't have to replace it as soon. However, many homeowners want to avoid paying the higher initial cost of having a metal roof installed.
Metal shingles are thinner than the metal panels used in standing-seam metal roofs, so the cost of materials is less. They're also easier for roofing contractors to install, especially if you have roofing features like skylights or a chimney. While metal shingles are more expensive than asphalt ones, a metal shingle roof's ease of installation and low material cost means that the up-front cost is less than that of a standing-seam metal roof.
3. Metal Shingles Can Fit Any Neighborhood
Finally, sometimes the aesthetics of a standing-seam metal roof are undesirable. Standing-seam metal roofs are becoming more common, but they can still stand out amongst other houses in the neighborhood. Most homes are still using shingle roofing, which means that metal shingles are better able to blend in with neighboring roofs.
In addition, metal shingles are also available in styles that look similar to cedar and slate. If your neighbors have cedar shake or slate tile roofs, then you're able to install a metal shingle roof that matches them.
Overall, metal shingles are a direct upgrade to asphalt that doesn't change your home's style as much as installing a standing-seam metal roof. If you want the increased durability of metal for your next roof, call a roofing company in your area.