Metal roofing gives any home a stunning aesthetic and it lasts for decades.
If you need a new roof on your home, is metal roofing a good fit? The only way to know for sure is to compare the metal roofing options with other roofing materials.
One of the biggest deciding factors in any roofing job is going to be the initial cost of the project. Homeowners are on a budget and they can often only afford to put so much toward their roofing replacement. While the upfront costs are important, it is also imperative to look at the future costs that go into roofing materials. First, let’s take a look at the initial costs. Metal roofing is more expensive than other options. It is similar to the cost of wood shingles but much more expensive than asphalt. Homeowners need to keep the initial costs in mind as they calculate future costs and balance their budgets from there.
Once you check out the price tags, you are going to start thinking about how different materials will look on your homes. Your preferences and the style of your home are often deciding factors. Metal roofing can give your home a timeless, distinctive look. It is available in a wide range of colors and styles and the metal shingles can match the look of any traditional roofing material. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, look like asphalt and have a limited color selection.
While every roof should be maintained and inspected over the years, not every material calls for the same thing. Metal roofs will need inspections based on manufacturer recommendations. They are fade resistant so they don’t often need to be updated for appearance-sake. Asphalt shingles also should be inspected based on the manufacturer’s recommendations, which is generally every year at a minimum. Shingle replacement is quite common and the roof needs to be sealed and re-caulked as it ages. Wood materials should also be inspected yearly and require re-sealing every 2-4 years. Wood shingles can grow mold, leak, and even rot if they are not well cared for.
Durability and Lifespan
You don’t want to buy roofing material which won’t hold up or wear out quickly when the typical Wyoming weather hits. With metal roofing, you can rest assured it is up to whatever comes its way. This type of roofing has an average lifespan of over 50 years and holds up to the sun, the wet, rainy weather, and even windy conditions. Asphalt shingles can break down in extreme heat and rain over time and can last 15-20 years. Wood shingles will last up to 30 years, but only if they are maintained properly. They don’t do as well in rainy conditions since wood can mold and rot but are good insulators against the hot sun in Wyoming.
Everyone wants to be as kind to the environment as possible these days, even when roofing is in question. Metal roofing is highly energy efficient and made from recycled materials. It can be recycled at the end of its lifespan as well, which you likely won’t have to worry about since it lasts so long. Asphalt shingles are made from crude oil and other such chemicals and sometimes ends up in landfills after its lifespan is up. Wood is more eco-friendly since it is made from a sustainable resource and it can be utilized in other ways once it comes off the roof.
Which material is right for you?
Only you can answer that question. It often depends on appearance preferences, how often you want to replace the roof, whether or not you want to maintain it, and if you can afford certain costs up front. As you can see, metal roofing is a great option for longevity and durability as well as aesthetics. Wood is a beautiful choice in many instances, it also takes a lot of upkeep over the years. Asphalt is more budget-friendly now but has to be replaced a lot sooner than the other options.
If you aren’t sure which direction to go or have more questions about metal roofing, contact Wyoming Roofing. Our employees can take a look at your home and offer our confident opinion on which roofing material would work best for you. We want nothing but the best for your home’s roof.