Asphalt vs Metal Roofing

When considering a roof replacement, the first roofing material you considered was most likely asphalt shingles. It is true that most houses have asphalt shingles. This option is the most affordable option and can last up to 20 years. With 40 years of experience in roofing and siding, Consultant Jim Burge shares why metal roofing is a better choice than asphalt.

Why metal roofing is better than asphalt:

Asphalt is less expensive than metal roofing systems, however, a metal system can last a minimum of 50 years and may last as long as 100 years! When not properly installed or if parts of an asphalt system are replcaed for cost consideration, the life cycle will be shortened to half or less.

Alberta’s weather causes the most extreme expansion and contractions in your roofing system because of the temperature fluctuations. This will cause damage over time. Poor ventilation of the attic can also cause damage to an asphalt system. Hail and wind storms will also shorten the life of an asphalt roof.

Even though asphalt roofing is constantly changing and improving from just shingles to asphalt systems, it still has a very limited life span. Insurance companies in general start depreciating the asphalt system after 5 years to 50% depreciation at 10 years. This shows that from their experience, asphalt simply does not last.

Metal roofing can last a lifetime. They are incredibly durable, sustaining high winds and fluctuating temperatures without cracking or breaking away. Because of their durability, they do not require regular costly maintenance and will rarely need repair. Metal roofs are also more energy efficient as they reflect solar heat, rather than absorbing it, and it can reduce your cooling costs substantially in the summer months.

Installing a metal roof can protect your home from more than just the weather. They are fire resistant, improving your home’s safety. Metal roofing also resists rot, mildew and insects. A metal roof will not curl, crack or break away like asphalt shingles.

Why metal roofing is the best option:

Mike Holmes commented on HGTV’s “Ask Mike Holmes: What Roofing Material is Best?” that metal is one of his favourite roofing materials. In regards to choosing metal or asphalt shingles, he said, “If you go with asphalt, you’ll need to replace your shingles at least twice. I don’t care what the warranty says: an asphalt shingle will last 10-15 years maximum. They start to break down as soon as their exposed to weather and if you don’t replace them you expose your home to the elements, making it vulnerable.”

Metal roofing systems are more expensive than asphalt roofs, but it should be considered an investment. You only have to install a metal roof once and won’t have to pay for a replacement for as long as you’re in your home. A metal roof can last up to three times longer, raise the value of your home, reduce maintenance and help you better protect your home from the elements.

Here is a breakdown of metal roofing advantages:

Metal Roofing – Standing Seam – Work in Progress

– Durability: Lifetime – never reroof again.
– Fire resistance: HIGH resistance
– Wind resistance: HIGH resistance
– Impact resistance (Hail Damage): HIGH resistance (large size of hail may leave dents)
– Solar reflectance: HIGH (Cool Roof – reflects the sun rays)
– Paint finish fade resistance: 30 years (best on the market)
– Algae resistance: HIGH resistance
– Environmental : 100% recyclable
– Sustainability: compatible with solar panels, mounting the panels in the standing ribs without
penetrating the roof cover.
– Add 80% of the roof cost to the value of your home, according to the Metal Roof Association.

Roofers in Calgary

High Standard Installation is a roofing and exterior contractor.  They offer metal roofing installation as well as cedar shake, tile roofing and asphalt shingles. They are also specialized in siding, stucco, masonry, eavestrough, windows and doors. All of their work is fully guaranteed, installed by trained tradesmen and covered by a Lifetime Fully Transferable Workmanship Warranty that will add value to your home. Their commitment is to quality and excellence!

Need a new roof? Contact High Standard Installation!


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