Quarve Contracting
Friday 25 September 2015

Comparison of Metal vs Asphalt Roofing

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If you're in need of a new roof for your Minnesota home, have you looked into residential metal roofing yet? When faced with the many options that are available when replacing your home's roof, you may feel overwhelmed or conflicted. After all, one of the biggest projects you can do to your home is replacing your roof. 09sep23a1a15However, not all roofing options hold the same degree of durability and longevity. It can be difficult to recognize a roof's strengths (and weaknesses) unless you're comparing it alongside a competing alternative. Many homeowners we've worked with in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area have found new enjoyment switching from asphalt shingles to metal roofing.  The benefits of metal roofs are exceptional and outweigh the cost upfront that is higher. Check out this information to see how metal roofing outdoes asphalt. Longevity: Does Metal Roofing or Asphalt Last Longer? A normal asphalt shingle roof lasts in the range from 15-25 years. Shingle roofs that have been taken care of well during the years can sometimes last 30 years. Metal roofs (with no upkeep needed), last easily for 50 years or more. The majority of metal roofs have a warranty of 50 years and will stay strong no matter what climate you live in.  The same can't be said of asphalt, since factors like wind, heavy rain or snow, hail and heat can shorten an asphalt roof's life. Durability: Is Metal or Asphalt Stronger? Due to a metal roof's durability that is unmatched, it is able to outlast asphalt shingles by many years. Dramatic fluctuations in temperatures do not affect metal shingles and they do not contract or expand with temperature changes like asphalt does. Metal roofing does not break, chip, curl, or crack. It is immune to mold, mildew, termites, and rust and is also nonflammable. Eco-Friendly: Is Metal or Asphalt Greener? Metal roofs can stand up to winds as fast as 140/mph and are very robust. They do not absorb solar heat, which reduces your needs for cooling. Metal shingles are 100% recyclable, unlike asphalt which fills landfills with more than thirteen billion pound of it. Aesthetics: Does Metal or Asphalt Offer More Opportunities for Personalization? Asphalt shingles offer approximately 5-10 different color options' however there are hundreds of style and color combinations available for metal roofing.  In addition to roofing that looks like asphalt shingles, metal roofing is also available in shakes, slate, tile, standing seam, and more.  Asphalt roofing gives you basically one appearance; with metal you have more options. Metal Is the Winning Roofing Material! Metal has proven itself as the number one solution for all roofs. Metal roofs are capable of recouping about 86% of the investment over their lifespans, both by cutting down maintenance and repair costs and by increasing the value of resale of your home by 1-6%. We at Quarve are here to assist you with any question you may have, and are available to give you a professional estimate.  We are a licensed MN roofing contractor specializing in metal roofing in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.