22 Apr

Compare and Contrast: Asphalt Versus Metal Roofing

At Minnesota Home Improvements, we specialize in two main types of roofing: Asphalt roofing and metal roofing. Can’t decide which is best for your next project? Take a look at the comparisons below:

 

The Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

The traditional solution to roofing a home is asphalt shingles. Because of this, asphalt roofing is almost always the much cheaper option compared to metal roofing. It’s also simpler and much less expensive to repair an asphalt shingle roof because it can be done in terms of single shingles instead of larger panels of metal. Shingles are also very versatile. They are available in a variety of textures, colors, and shapes. The most common varieties are:

 

  •       Three Tab: Traditional and economical. Available in a range of color
  •       Architectural: laminated with an additional asphalt layer to create a contoured, dimensional look. Reinforced sealing and waterproofing
  •       Specialty: energy-efficient and impact-resistant features with an elevated, attractive finish
  •       Designer: emulate a rich look or natural materials like slate and wood. Stylish and dimensional

 

Many homeowners prefer an asphalt roof’s appearance more than that of a metal roof. They also tend to blend in the neighborhood, whereas a home with a metal roof might stand out – which could either be a desirable trait or something you’d rather avoid.

 

 

The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has many benefits. Yes, it is a bit more of an investment than asphalt roofing, but the upfront costs more than pay for themselves in the long run. Should you ever decide to sell your home, metal roofing adds curb appeal to the value of your home. Common types of metal roofing include:

 

  •       Standing Seam: Long panels and ribs running from the eave to the ridge of the roof to guide rainwater and debris. Installed with gasketed screws hidden by each consecutive panel
  •       Steel Shingles: made with heavy gauge steel and double stamped for a dramatic look to resemble the look of slate. Also come in a variety of colors.
  •       Pro Rib Steel: most versatile of metal roofing. Popular in both industrial and commercial projects. Panels can cover 36” width and 8-10 feet in length

 

Metal roofing can last from 40 to 60 years. It will protect a structure from fire and is strong protection against extreme weather. You’ll also get higher level of efficiency from metal roofing. It reflects heat to reduce cooling costs in the summer and insulates during the winter. Lastly, metal roofs are made from 30-60% recycled materials, meaning they’re easy on the eyes and easy on the environment.

 

 

Whichever roofing choice you make, you can trust the experts at Minnesota Home Improvements to create a beautiful roof that will last you for years to come. Visit our website to learn more.