Many homes are roofed with asphalt shingles. This is not because asphalt shingles are the best roof on the market. Asphalt shingles are used simply because they are less expensive than other roofs. If you want better value from your roof, you should upgrade to a more durable roofing material. Metal roofs will hold up better to weather damage, and they will will last longer than asphalt roofs, so they can save you money over the life of your roof.
Problems with Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are not a bad roof choice simply based on how much they cost, but they will only last for 15–20 years on average. Besides, wind can tear shingles or rip them off of your roof entirely, and hail can damage your roof in a way that can lead to leaks down the road. Thus, when you use a soft material like asphalt to roof your home, you will face high repair and replacement costs.
The Advantages of Galvanized Steel
The galvanizing process coats a base layer of steel with a thin layer of zinc. The zinc will resist corrosion, and if the zinc gets scraped off of your roof panels, the zinc around the edges of the scratch will still protect the galvanized steel beneath. In this way, a galvanized steel roof will last far longer than asphalt shingles—up to sixty years. Galvanized steel is fastened to your roof with screws, so it will hold up better to wind, and the steel surface of the roof will resist hail damage better than tar paper and asphalt could ever hope to.
Copper: The Splurge
A copper roof can last for a hundred years or more. If you don't want to worry about replacement costs down the road, upgrading your asphalt roof to a copper roof can be a good way to go. The one problem with copper is that it is almost prohibitively expensive. Some people will not be able to afford copper, so they all have to stick with galvanized steel or other less expensive roofing materials.
Initial cost is not the only cost you should look at when you are choosing a roof for your home. Just because a roof saves you money on the purchase price does not mean that it is the best roof for you. If you pay a little extra money initially for a metal roof, you will enjoy greater durability and longer life from your roof. Speak to a contractor, such as Slaughter Roofing Co., for more information.