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Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

When building or renovating a house, you always have everything in mind, including the roofing system. The roofing system is essential because it portrays not only the outside beauty of a house but also protects it from harsh weather conditions. People have different preferences when it comes to the type of roofing material that they want to use for their roof. For some people the cost of a new roof is more important than its durability, and for some people durability of a roof is crucial more than anything else.

Today, we will talk about metal tiles and standard asphalt shingles roofing materials. We will compare both roofing materials in terms of pricing, durability and look. It should help you to understand why people tend to choose metal roofing over shingles roofing, and why metal roofing becomes more and more popular roofing material in Edmonton in particular.

What is more expensive: metal roofing or shingles roofing?

When it comes to popularity, asphalt shingles roofing is more popular than metal roofing. This is because asphalt is quite cheaper to install than metal roofing.

One of the reasons as to why installing metal roof is expensive is the cost of labour. Installing a metal roof requires high-end skills, equipment, and training. The team at the site should be well trained on how to install the metal tiles to achieve a smooth and beautiful finish.

Asphalt shingles are simply nailed to the roof deck. When installing a metal roof, the roof is first measured correctly, then the wooden frame is placed to which the metal tiles will be placed above it, and the special equipment is used to install the roof. Installing a metal roof can take three times the time it takes to install shingles roofing.  Also, the material types used for metal roofing are expensive to purchase as compared to the price of asphalt shingles.

What is the most durable roofing material?

Metal tile roofs can resist anything, including rust, fungus, wind, fire, water, or insect damage, among others. For this reason, they have a longer life span as compared to asphalt shingles. AMT Metal Roofing offers 50 year warranty on installed metal tile roofing systems in Edmonton, AB.

Most of asphalt shingles materials also come with a long term warranty, but it is never as long as 50 years. Also, asphalt shingles are most likely affected by fungus and algae, and by other weather conditions. When comparing metal roofing vs shingles roofing in terms of their durability, then metal roofing wins over asphalt shingles with a big advantage.

If your current financial status allows you to install shingles roofing, then do it because you can put a metal roof above it when you get financially stable. Essential equipment will be used to ensure there will be no water between the shingles and the metal roof, which can lead to rotting. Metal roofs are lightweight, which means that it will not be difficult to install it above the shingles.

Shingles are easy to replace. When you want to replace your roof, which is made of asphalt shingles, you will not experience many difficulties. The shingles have been simply nailed to the roof deck, and thus all you have to do is remove the nails, and put new shingles. This can be difficult with the metal roofing because the panels are interconnected to each other. Fortunately, metal roofs are durable. Thus you don’t need to replace them due to adverse effects unless you want to change the roof for cosmetic purposes.

Metal roofs are more environmentally friendly than shingles roofing. Metal roofs are made of recycled materials which are recycled from time to time without disposing of them. Asphalt shingles need to be replaced now and again and cannot be recycled. Moreover, they are petroleum-based products meaning that the industry has to depend on fossil fuels for their manufacturing. You can use this article to decide if you want a metal roof or asphalt shingles. Our company offers metal roofing in Edmonton and they are of high-quality.