Most homeowners don’t think about their roof until it leaks or suffers damage. If you’re ready to get a new roof, take some time to consider your options.
Before you make plans to replace your old roof, consider the most popular choices. Asphalt and metal roofs are different in their cost, energy efficiency, and maintenance requirements.
Comparing Materials for New Roofs
Asphalt and metal roofing are more common for home roofs than other roofing materials, such as concrete, slate, or solar tiles.
Which is best? The choice depends on what you expect from your roof. Each type of roofing system has its benefits and limitations. Consider them carefully and discuss them with your contractor.
Asphalt Roofing for New Roofs
Asphalt roofs tend to be less expensive than metal roofing. They can also save you money if you already have asphalt shingles because you can install them over existing shingles, saving you the trouble and expense of tearing down your existing roofing.
Metal Roofing Systems
Although metal roofing costs are usually higher, metal shingles have several advantages. Metal roof systems require less maintenance because they can stand up to the elements better than asphalt shingles. Metal roofing products don’t burn, so they are fire-resistant.
Metal surfaces are more energy-efficient than asphalt. Like mirrors, they reflect radiant heat. Asphalt, particularly on dark roofs, absorbs heat, which can cause your house to become too hot in the summer.
You can choose between several different metal roof materials, like aluminum and galvanized steel. Aluminum shingles are the more lightweight roofing material.
There are two types of metal roofing, standing seam and screw-down. They differ in how the pieces of the roof are attached.
Standing Seam Metal Roof
In standing seam metal roofs, vertical panels are clipped or clamped to the roof. The seams of the roof panels cover the fasteners.
A standing seam roof requires the least maintenance because its concealed fasteners are not exposed to the elements. Its metal panels can also expand and contract more easily with the changing seasons, which protects it from damage. Unless there were problems when the roof was installed originally, the new metal roof should last for decades.
Screw-Down Metal Roof
A screw-down metal roof is held to the roof by screws and washers. These exposed fasteners can become loose or worn down over time. However, metal roofs with screws are easier to install than panels.
Why Choose Superior Roofing as Your Roofer?
Regardless of the choice you make for your roof, you need an experienced roofing installation company to make sure that it is installed correctly. Superior Roofing is an accredited roofing contractor with experience with asphalt and metal roofs. We’ll inspect your existing roof and discuss the issues carefully before offering you estimates for the options you are considering.
Superior Roofing serves Charlottesville, VA and the surrounding areas. When you’re ready to move forward, give us a call at (434) 284-3981 for a free consultation or to schedule an inspection.