Many homeowners think choosing a new roof is easy. Most people are looking for a low cost, low maintenance option. You might think that automatically means choosing a shingle roof, BUT that is no longer the case. Now, with rising costs of petroleum (shingles are petroleum based) and supply chain issues in manufacturing, shingle roof prices have skyrocketed. This unexpected turn of events has left many homeowners unsure of what’s best for their home and their wallets. In this blog we will go over three reasons why a metal roof is a better choice for you and your home.
1. A Metal Roof is Cost-Effective
With recent manufacturing prices going sky-high, and the cost of asphalt going up 15-25% just this year, the cost of a shingle reroof is now just as much as a metal reroof. As well as rising costs, shingle roofs have a significantly shorter lifespan then metal, making your reroofing costs even higher in the long run. A shingle roof only lasts 10-12 years here in Florida, while a metal roof can last up to 70 years with little maintenance.
2. A Metal Roof is Energy-Efficient
Compared to shingle, metal roofs are incredibly energy-saving. A metal roof is very reflective, which helps keep the sun’s rays off your home. Besides the excellent reflectivity, metal also has a high thermal emissivity. What this means is that any solar radiant heat that does not get reflected would get absorbed by the metal roof, and the heat would get released just as fast. This way, your metal roof would absorb some of the suns heat during the day and release it at night. This can reduce your cooling costs by as much as 25%. Furthermore, having a metal roof that’s been coated with a shiny coating would maximize the roof’s reflective capacity, thereby further improving your energy savings.
3. A Metal Roof is Eco-Friendly
Metal roofs are incredibly green, as they are completely recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Most metal roofs you see are made from recycled or reworked metal, and therefore they are considered a green building material. Shingles, on the other hand, are not recyclable, and in fact, shingle waste adds up to about 11 million tons per year, all of which gets thrown into landfills.
As you can see, a metal roof is a much better choice for a homeowner and can help your energy AND wallet in the long run.