Quarve Contracting
Wednesday 19 November 2014

What Are the Life and Energy Costs of Metal and Asphalt Roofing?

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Since so many people now are becoming environmentally friendly, they are considering metal roofing options over asphalt. This is because not only is it better for the environment, but it is able to provide you with exactly what it is that you need when you’re trying to save our Minnesota environment  The good news is that you have an energy efficient roof and save money in the process. How Vulnerable to Damage is Asphalt Roofing Compared to Metal? Asphalt roofing is more vulnerable to damage compared to metal roofing, which is something to consider. You want to make sure that you’re able to protect the inside of your home with the outside of the home. This means having a strong roof that is able to hold up to the outside elements that it comes into contact with on a daily basis. Asphalt shingles tend to give in and fly away in the face of heavy wind-driven rain.  And hail wreaks havoc on asphalt roofing but doesn't pose a threat to metal roofing. What Is the Longevity of Roofing Materials? Asphalt roofs generally last 15-30 years, depending on the particular manufacturer as well as other factors.  But based on actual wear, 10-15 years is closer to the norm.  And asphalt roofing usually needs repairs during its life.  Metal roofing is able to last for a good 50+ years (or more), which outlasts just about every other type of roofing material out there.  And since it's so resistant to damage, it rarely needs repair.  This is impressive and if you think about the cost savings that you’re going to have when it comes to not having to do repairs all the time or having to replace a whole roof every ten years or so - you’re saving yourself a lot of money. Metal Roofing Offers Energy Savings Metal roofing is also very eco-friendly and energy efficient compared to asphalt roofing.  Metal reflects the heat int he summer, cutting down on the AC bills.  It's also very energy-efficient when it it comes to keeping heat in the home during the winter, which cuts down on your heating bills. In addition to all of this, metal roofing contains a high percentage of recycled metal, plus it is able to be recycled when it is done being used. It comes in multiple colors and styles, so you enhance look of your home in a variety of ways while increasing the resale value of your home as much as 6%. This means when you sell, you get some of your money back in your pocket. But there are pros to asphalt roofing as well, when you choose quality shingles and professional installation.  If you’re thinking about installing a new metal or asphalt roof on your home, consider doing so before the winter or planning ahead for after the winter blows through. Speak with us here at Quarve to find out more information about putting a new roof on your home. Don’t be caught in the winter with an old roof! We are your number one Minneapolis area roofing contractor.