When it comes to calculating the value of your home, most of us think about the number of bathrooms it has, it its square footage. While those are important factors, one of the major selling points of a house is actually its roof. When you think about it, a good roof is an invaluable part of your home. Without it, you really don’t even have a house! If you’re considering redoing your roof, here are the pros and cons of going with a metal or asphalt shingle roof.
The Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof
Pro: Longer Lifespan
When installed properly, a metal roof can outlast almost any other traditional roofing material.
Pro: Fire and Heat Resistant
One of the common myths about metal roofs is that they attract lightning. In reality, they’re less likely to attract and store heat, or catch on fire.
Pro: Very Little (If Any) Water Damage
Because of the way metal roof plates lock together, they’re highly resistant to water damage. And when your roof is free of excess water, it’s likely free of mold and mildew!
Con: They’re a Bit Pricier
When comparing upfront costs, metal roofs are more expensive than most other roofs. But, studies have shown that because they’re so durable, they cost less than a traditional roof over a lifetime.
Con: The Potential of Denting
Just like a ball can dent your car, large hail can dent a metal roof. However, this typically only happens during severe hail storms.
The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles
Pro: They’re More Affordable
Asphalt shingles typically have a very low upfront cost, making them very attractive to first time homeowners.
Pro: Easy Installation
Unlike a metal roof, which requires professional installation, people with minimal carpentry or building experience can learn how to install shingles.
Con: You Get What You Pay For
After a few years, cold temperatures, fallen tree limbs, and heavy rainfall can start to take a toll on your shingles. During hurricanes, shingles have been known to completely blow away.
Con: They’re Not As Environmentally Friendly
Asphalt shingles are a petroleum based product, meaning it takes a lot of energy to make them.
If you’re a first time homeowner and won’t be in your house for more than a few years, or live in a very mild climate, asphalt shingles are probably the way to go. However, if you’re going to be in your house for the next 30 or 40 years, or live in an area with extreme weather (especially rain) a metal roof may be a better option for you.
No matter what you’re looking for, JM Roofing & Siding can provide you with a wide variety of residential roofing services, including new roof installation, roof replacement, roof repair, and year-round roofing maintenance. To learn how our experienced roofers can help you, give us a call at 203-299-0716!