If you need to replace the roofing on your home, you may be wondering which material is the best option for you. The tried-and-true standard of the roofing industry is asphalt shingles, which is likely what your old roof was made of. However, there are other options that are beginning to gain popularity among homeowners. One of the fastest growing roofing options is metal roofing. Homeowners have been using it more and more recently and it provides a lot of benefits to homeowners. Take a look at some of the benefits of metal roofing below
One of the greatest benefits of metal roofing is its long lifespan. While asphalt shingle roofs last 15-25 years at the most, a metal roof can easily last for half a century or more. If you decide to install a metal roof on your home, you may never need to worry about replacing it again!
Another benefit of metal roofing is that its environmental footprint is very low. Most metal roofing is made for at least partially recycled materials and there are options that are made from 100% recycled materials! Additionally, metal roofs can be recycled after they are done being used, meaning they have almost no environmental impact. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, require the use of fossil fuels to construct and when they are done being used, they usually end up in landfills. If you are interested in a roofing option that it is a bit more environmentally friendly than asphalt shingles, metal roofing is a great choice!
Mold, Algae, and Moss Proof
Unlike asphalt or wood shingles, metal roofing is completely impervious to mold, fungal, algae, and moss growth. Considering that moss and fungus can shorten your asphalt roofs already short lifespan, if you live in a climate with a high amount of precipitation, metal roofing is generally a safer option for your home than asphalt shingles.
In addition to being moss and fungus proof, metal roofing is also pest proof! While asphalt shingles can be lifted or destroyed by determined pests trying to make their way into your attic, a metal roof will stop any pests in their tracks. If your roof has large branches hanging over it, you may find that you often have pests on your roof. Metal roofing will be sure to stop them from being able to do any damage to your home or take up residence in your attic.
Temperature Control/Ice Dams
Metal roofing is also great for your homes temperature control. No matter what climate you live in, a metal roof will help with heat control. The metal reflects heat during the day, and while it will absorb some heat from the sunlight, it quickly release the heat at night. This makes metal roofing far better for hot climates than asphalt shingles. Additionally, because they easily shed snow, metal roofs can be good at preventing ice dams. While they can still occur on the cold overhangs of a metal roof, because of its smooth surface, snow will easily slide down, especially on a sunny day where the snow is melting a bit. If your home tends to get a lot of ice dams, a metal roof could help them occur less frequently, if not all together.
Have any more questions about metal roofing? Interested in installing metal roofing on your home? Reach out to our team at (215) 343-5557 or fill out our online contact form for more information! We look forward to hearing from you!