There are two scenarios in which the roof on your home would draw attention; if it is in really bad shape and looks close to collapse or if it’s beautifully done and maintained to near mint condition. If your old roof looks like it may be damaged, you might be due for a roof replacement. A new roof can be a significant investment, so the quality of material, installation, and the value-added to your home should be top of mind when making your decisions.

Whether you’re leaning towards the tried and true asphalt shingle roof, or the worry-free metal roof, there are pros and cons to each. We have been helping guide homeowners in making these tough decisions for over a decade. That’s why its always valuable to consult a trusted professional roofer during this process; they may also be able to help you with financing your new roof. Give our ProRoofing team a call to schedule a free inspection and ask them which roofing material would best work for you.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in America and for a good reason too. However, even though this inexpensive roofing system is used widely across the country, it still has some flaws. We recommend doing research on which asphalt shingles work best for you and your particular style.

PROS 

An Affordable Solution

Shingle roofs are a smart choice for the American household, but only when installed properly by an experienced roofing contractor. If a low-cost roofer were to put up your roof with new shingles and cut corners along the way, repairs might be soon needed. When shingles are correctly installed and maintained as it should be, they can last up to 15 years. Don’t take a chance with a low-cost roofer and risk needing to redo your roof after their sloppy job. Choose a roofer that will do it the right way the first time to get the most out of your asphalt shingles.

A Distinguished Look

A shingle roof that is mindfully installed with great attention to detail will surely increase your home’s curb appeal and raise your property’s value. Being a GAF Master-Elite roofing contractor, we have proven our craft’s quality and built our reputation around it. We choose to install GAF shingles because they are the number one brand in America and come in various styles and colors. Consult your project manager on providing you with materials on all that GAF has to offer.

Easy to Install and Repair

Another benefit to asphalt shingle roofs is that they are relatively straight forward to install and repair. If your home’s roof decking is in good condition, shingles may put over existing top shingles to repair the damage. Ask your local roofing contractor about doing such repairs; it is typically against building code to have more than two layers of shingles on a roof. It is always a better idea to get a professional roofing contractor to install shingles in your roof over doing it yourself. They will be able to do it the right way and can offer warranties on their work.

CONS

Attentive Maintenance Required 

An asphalt shingle roof requires more attention than other roofing materials do when maintaining it for the long term. Although your roof will thank you for putting in this extra effort and better handle anything a storm throws at it. Asphalt shingles are more susceptible to deteriorating from weather conditions over time. Ask your project manager for your roofing project about which maintenance plans they offer.

More Susceptible to the Elements

The most well-known con for asphalt shingle roofs is how susceptible to weather conditions and storms they are. If you do not keep your roof clean of debris and moisture can build up, shingles will quickly decay. Simultaneously, high winds can lift shingles, causing them to break off. Heavy hail can put dents into your roof, a gateway for water to leak into your home. Although shingles can be quite durable, they are not unbreakable. Check out our other posts on weather damage as well as storm damage. They outline how to identify and handle the damage caused by storms.

Not Environmentally Friendly 

The unfortunate thing about asphalt shingles is that it is not the most environmentally friendly in its production and disposal. The materials that it’s made of are not easily recyclable compared to other roofing materials such as metal or tile roofs. When an asphalt shingle completely decays, it will often be sent to landfills, whereas metal roofs may be recycled or repurposed.

Metal Roofing

Traditionally, metal roofs were commonly used in the context of commercial roofing. However, there has been a recent shift towards residential households with metal roofs. Placing a metal roof on your home can be a sensible decision as it is much more durable than the status-quo asphalt shingle roof. But even though it is better for the long term, there are pros and cons to each roofing system.

PROS 

Durability

It is no secret that one of the things that a metal roof excels at is durability and long lifespans compared to their shingle roof counterparts. But did you know that metal roofs last upwards of 50 plus years? Additionally, most warranties on metal roofs start at a minimum of 30 years and can go up to 75 years. If you know that you will be at your home for a long time and don’t want to worry about your roof, a metal roof might be the way to go.

Energy Efficiency 

When properly installed by an experienced roofer, a metal roof will have profound benefits that will save you money over its lifetime. A metal roof can be quite energy-efficient as it is more effective at insulating your home and keeping the appropriate indoor climate. If you notice that your energy bills are starting to grow higher than usual, maybe you should consider a new metal roof.

Environmentally Friendly

Relative to other roofing materials, a metal roof is much more environmentally friendly. Often, metal roofs are produced with recycled metals and can be broken down again at the end of its life cycle. The long lifespan of a metal roof also means a less frequent turnover of materials is produced and broken down. If you’re concerned about leaving the world a better place for your grandkids, a metal roof can be a sustainable solution.

Comes in a Variety of Styles

Some might think that a metal roof would appear to be cold and unattractive. However, many developments to the appearance of metal roofing make it one of your home’s most attractive choices. Your home curb appeal will increase your property value on the market. Reach out to your local roofing professional to ask about the different styles and colors that your metal roof can come in. A metal roof will surely make your home be the envy on the block.

CONS

High Upfront Cost

The most obvious downside to metal roofing that turns many people away is the high upfront cost of material and installation. This cost is, of course, higher than the commonly used asphalt shingle roof. But you get what you pay for. If the price is the largest barrier for you getting a new metal roof, research local roofing companies that would provide you with financing programs or guide you in a cost-benefit analysis.

May need periodic painting

Typically, metal roofs are a no-fuss roofing system that requires a pretty low level of maintenance. They can be cleaned simply with water and by clearing off debris that falls onto the surface. However, occasionally your metal roof may need a repaint job to keep it looking as fresh as the day it was installed. It is also possible that hail or large debris fell onto your metal roof, causing scratches in the paint. There is rarely anything serious about that, but getting a licensed roofer to inspect any damage could save you in the future.

Are They Noisy?

It is a myth that metal roofing is noisier than asphalt shingles are. There is evidence that shows the contrary, but it is dependent on the quality of the installation. If a metal roof is not placed correctly and there is a gap between the underlayment and the metal sheet. Then it can be quite noisy during a hail or rainstorm. But that’s why the quality of the roofer is equally as important as the materials on your roof. Get yourself a GAF Master-Elite Contractor who can give you both the quality of material and quality of the installation.

If you are at all curious about installing a new metal roof on your home, give us a call to schedule a free inspection of your roof and estimate what it would cost to put a new metal roof over your head. We can also walk you through our financing plans to help ease the roof replacement financial burden.

Financing your Home Renovation 

Whether you go for an asphalt shingle or a metal roof, the high financial cost will be unavoidable. However, there are always ways to lessen this burden through financing programs or awareness of future available tax deductibles. ProRoofing and Siding offers their valued customers a financing program that would allow them to have the purchasing power for the asset they need now, without needing to spend the lump sum at once. Here you can see if your home improvement project will apply for the ProRoofing and Siding’s Service Finance Company.

Alternative ways to finance your home improvement project could be through home-equity loans, personal loans, or credit lines. The downsides to going with personal loans are that if you have poor credit, the loan’s interest rate could be high. Home-equity loans are suitable for those with poor credit as they offer lower interest rates than personal loans. But on the other hand, they also could have higher processing fees (which varies from financial institutions). However, if all else fails, you could put the cost on your line of credit. But be aware that they charge relatively high-interest rates on late payments.

Ask your project manager about the best way to finance your new roof if you don’t have the buying power right now. A new roof is an investment that pays dividends in the future through energy efficiency and government tax credits. You could receive federal tax credits if you install an energy-efficient metal or asphalt shingle roof. The asphalt shingles materials must include reflective granules, and metal roofs must have the proper reflective coating; which most new roofs should already have. Also, keep in mind that a more sturdy roof that can better withstand high winds could save you money with your home’s insurance coverage.