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Metal shingles or asphalt shingles
Sometimes going with the proven, tried out solution is the best move, but if that were all there is to it, if no risks were taken, we wouldn’t have reached this level of advancement.
When it comes to your common roofing problems and dilemmas, one of the main obstacles you may run into is deciding on the best material to use in your upcoming roofing project. There are many options available, offering many combinations. Each material has certain flaws and benefits that make it especially functional in a certain climate.
The most common type of roofing systems you’ve probably encountered at least once in your lifetime is the asphalt roofing, more commonly found in the shape of shingles. In general, asphalt is considered to be a safe bet. It’s generally cheap to install, maintain and repair. The properties they offer are average considering the many innovations available on the market, even though they can be enhanced by using certain coatings and other techniques. Its expected life span is on average 15 years. With a proper level of maintenance, it can add another 5 years to its lifespan, but generally starts to be unusable after 20 years of use.
On the other hand, metal roofing systems are only now receiving the attention they deserve. As compared to asphalt, they offer a lot of variations when it comes to style, shape and color, making sure your imagination can run wild. The average life expectancy of a normal metal roof is around 50 years. When providing the required degree of maintenance, the life expectancy of metal roofing systems can extend to a few centuries.
Not only that, metal roofing systems are well-known for their environmentally friendly properties. They can be recycled and assigned to a different task. As compared to asphalt, which could be recycled but isn’t, with huge masses of accumulated waste eventually landing up on waste fields.
When it comes to the coating, metal roofs are topped with a special finish which can reflect solar radiant heat, although some metals require no coating at all. By doing that, the average amount of money you’ll be spending on your annual air conditioning bill will be lowered by up to 30%. Additional measures can be taken in order to further improve the functionality of your metal roof.
When it comes to dealing with the wrath of Mother Nature, metal roofing systems take the prize again. Metal roofs were designed specifically to withstand hurricane level winds, with speeds reaching 100 mph. Asphalt isn’t as durable, and would most likely collapse in such conditions.
Taking all of these options into consideration, it’s only safe to assume that deciding on a metal roof is most definitely the best option. It’s perfect for the modern-day human, willing to invest into his future while at the same time giving something back to the community.
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