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Thursday 12 May 2016

Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles – Discover the Differences

Posted by at 9:00 AM

How well did your roof recover from that harsh winter weather? Is it still holding strong, or are you needing a replacement done this spring? If a roof replacement is on your to-do list, read on to discover the differences between traditional asphalt shingles and the increasingly-popular metal roofing.

  1. Weight: Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs can actually weigh considerably less than asphalt roofs. One square foot of asphalt shingles averages between 2 and 5 pounds, while metal weighs in around 1.4 pounds per square foot. Because of its exceptionally light weight, many kinds of metal roofing may be installed over the original roofing material without damaging the roof structure.
  1. photo (6)Longevity: The lifespan of metal roofing is generally 4 times longer than that of asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofing has become common due to ease of installation, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the durability or permanence of metal roofing. Metal’s superior qualities such as heat resistance make it capable of performing is job for many years after asphalt has retired.
  1. Warranty: When considering shingle roofing it’s important to realize that lifespan and warranty period are two different things. While they are related, a 50 year warranty does not guarantee that the roof will last that long. Many times a manufacturer’s warranty will only cover product defects, not deterioration, so you may find yourself replacing that roof in 15 or 20 years.
  1. Appearance: Asphalt shingle roofs have been one of the cheapest, most popular roofing solutions in America for the last century or so, and they look like what they are – asphalt shingles. But with metal roofing, you can have variety. With the countless metal options available, you can choose from designs such as wood shakes, tiles, or shingles and have them in any color you like. Whatever the personality of your home, you’re sure to find the perfect style to accentuate its beauty.

Putting a new roof on your home is a tremendous investment. If you're concerned with the best performance and appearance of that investment, we suggest metal roofing. Why settle for less than the best?

As a licensed exterior remodeling company, Quarve Contracting has installed metal roofing on the homes of many satisfied customers right here in the Minneapolis area. Check out our Pintrest board to get an idea of what a new metal roof could do for your home.