Posted by roofcoadmin July 10, 2017
So you’re ready for a new roof and you’re considering to use metal roofing materials.
Do your research. Not just on the roofing material — like metal shingles or asphalt shingles — but also on the most reputable company in and around Winnipeg to do the job when you’re ready.
So let’s take a look at metal shingles, the most common type of metal roofing material used.
A Guide on the Pros and Cons of Metal Shingles
The first thing to note about metal shingles are they are built to last. A roof made with metal shingles can last the lifetime of your home, and most manufacturers guarantee the metal shingles for 30 years, though they’re likely to last much longer than that. So if you decide to go with this metal roofing material, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with not needing to replace another roof as long as you own your home.
And metal roofs are far more durable than their asphalt counterparts. And since you know all about how harsh Manitoba winters can be, having a roof made with materials as strong and durable as metal, will be quite a relief. Besides the durability, metal shingles are also easier and quicker to install, cutting down on the time you’re paying contractors to lay your roof.
Metal shingles come in sizes ranging from 12 to 36 inches and are resistant to rust. They are also much lighter than asphalt shingles, which can weigh upwards of 750 pounds per 100 square foot. Metal shingles run from 50-100 pounds per 100 square foot.
This is an important note, because if you’re placing metal roofing material atop an existing asphalt roof, the lighter material will allow for less concern about support, although metal doesn’t require as much support as other materials.
Another benefit to using metal roofing materials is you’ll save money on your electric bill, as metal naturally reflects heat, so you won’t need to run that air conditioner as often. It’s also a material that is very good at resisting rain and snow, and the damage those elements can cause non-metal shingles.
Now, as with any decision, you always weigh the positive qualities of the choice you’re making as well as look at any negatives to consider.
And the first thing to consider when deciding on metal roofing materials is the cost. Metal shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but there’s a catch. While metal shingles can last the lifetime of your home (at least 30 years, by warranty), asphalt shingles come with a guarantee from 15-20 years, but this depends on where you leave, and the abuse the roof will receive from the weather.
With all that said, you’ll pay more up front for a metal roof, but since it lasts so long, you’ll definitely save money in the long run.
Advantages of Metal Shingles
Metal roofing is also a conductor of noise from rain or other weather-related elements (like hail, wind). Some metal roofing materials can come with some protection guarding against noise, but it is a factor. Besides, some people actually enjoy the sound of rain on a metal roof.
Since we are talking about metal, you have to know that like any metal (like used on automobiles) denting could become an issue. Also, metal roofs are sometimes painted, and in doing so, the paint will eventually peel and chip, and need repainted. Metal shingles will also (again, naturally) expand and contract, which during hot, sunny weather, can cause a wavy look on these days.
While some people will think of lightning as a concern, research studies have shown that there’s no more likely a chance of lightning striking your roof as there is the tree in your backyard.
Also, when repairs are needed, consider that metal shingles are generally larger and require more effort to replace than asphalt.
And lastly, fire is a concern. While a metal roof will repel fire from outside sources, inside house fires should be considered, as firefighters may need to cut through your roof to fight the blaze, and metal roofing materials are tougher to get through than asphalt or wood. If you need assistance and installations for your roof, feel free to contact us today!