Roof Materials Part 1: Asphalt vs. Metal
Asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of 30 years, and are the most widely used shingles for roofing. Cost for asphalt shingles is between $80 and $100 per square foot and an installation fee or labor of $1700-$8400. They are fair at protecting your roof against fire, snow, hail, cold, and rain. These shingles are generally used on residential buildings as well as garages and sheds.
Other pros for asphalt shingles are they are easy to install, there are a variety of color options, rather easy to repair and low maintenance. Asphalt shingles come with a few cons however.
Some cons are they provide moderate protection, not eco-friendly, and not the best at resisting wind and rain damage. In addition, any impact from heavy items such as tree limbs and large hail can break the granules of the asphalt and cause leaks.
A metal roof can last 50 years on average. Cost is high for metal roofs. Generally between $110 to $1000 per square foot, with an installation fee between $2000 and $15,000. Prices depend widely on the metal type and roof design. They are good at protecting your roof from fire, rain, hail, snow, and wind. The metal used for roofs now comes in shingle form, not just the large sheets. Material used for metal roofs can be steel, aluminum, and copper. Metal roofs are used for both residential and commercial buildings.
Other pros for metal roofs are durability, lightweight, long-lasting, and texture options.
There are a few cons to metal roofs. Leaks can happen from punctures or tears, sometimes noise is loud from rain and hail, and they may dent, scratch or fade over time.
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