For over a century asphalt shingles have been the go-to option for people building homes or replacing an existing roof. They are easy to maintain, cost-effective, extremely durable, and the options for colours are multiple.

While this decision remains popular, metal roofing has also pushed its way into the market, offering attractive features to the average homeowner. If you are looking to install a new roof with your roofing contractor, you cannot go wrong with a traditional asphalt shingle, but below are reasons why you may want to consider a metal roof instead.

1. Long-lasting

Traditional asphalt roofs have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12 to 20 years. While this is impressive, it is really not that long when you consider the longevity of the rest of your house. A metal roof can last even longer than this, proven to last anywhere from 40 to 70 years. This means that you will replace approximately two roofs with asphalt shingles in the normal lifespan of a metal roof. As other components of a home begin to deteriorate and need to be replaced, a metal roof will stand the test of time. As soon as an asphalt roof is installed it becomes susceptible to weather and ultraviolet (UV) rays that immediately start to deteriorate the integrity of the material. A metal roof will not decompose, allowing your home to be free from leaks that a roof in poor condition can cause.

2. Energy efficient

With the costs of heating and cooling a home doubling in some areas, it is understandable that a homeowner would want to seek ways to make their house more energy efficient. A metal roof can do exactly this because it reflects sun rays, allowing you to cut back on cooling costs by about 20 to 30% in the warmer months. In winter, the metal roof acts as an effective insulator, allowing you to use less energy to heat your home. Because metal roofing is designed to shed snow and ice, you will not have to worry about buildup on your roof during the colder months.

3. Durable

As mentioned, asphalt shingles will begin to deteriorate and break down as soon as they are installed due to environmental elements. A metal roof is able to withstand UV rays and other elements such as snow and high winds. The pieces of a metal roof are often interlocked and this prevents water and pests from entering underneath and causing problems. Metal roofs are non-combustible as well and have a Class A fire rating, meaning they are the most resistant to fire. Where an asphalt roof may need occasional maintenance due to leaks or shingles flying off because of storms and high winds, a metal roof does not need such attention although periodic inspections are recommended.

4. Cost-effective

It is true that a metal roof will cost you more than an asphalt roof due to its longevity and durability preventing you from having to replace it as regularly, but this is also a reason why this type of roof will save you money. There are other ways that installing a metal roof will save you money. As mentioned, metal roofs are energy efficient and will definitely save you on heating and cooling costs. You will save on maintenance costs as you will not have to occasionally install new shingles to replace ones that went missing. Some insurance companies provide significant discounts on house insurance if you have a metal roof due to its non-combustible components and the amount of protection it offers. Lastly, a metal roof tends to be easier to install, allowing you to save on labour costs you need to pay a company for their services.