Shingle Roof or Metal Roof?

Roofs are very important, they protect the home or building from elements such as rain, snow, sleet and hail.  Composition shingles or asphalt shingles and steel also known as a metal roof are the two most common building materials.  When installing a new roof or existing roof, you need to consider metal roofs or shingle roofs.  Below you will find the pros and cons of both of these building materials.

The most popular roof right now is a shingle roof this is due to the economy and all of the options available.  Shingle roofs have a fiberglass mat core and give the shingle flexibility which also provides fire resistance.  They also have a weather resistant asphalt coating embedded with crushed rock. The lifetime of the composition shingle is 15 to 30 years. The price on shingles varies.  There are many low end shingles such as plain or flat shingles.  Some people may want to spend a bit more and get a slightly more expensive shingle, one that incorporates a three dimensional look which is more appealing.  One manufacturer calls this the “shadow”. These composition shingles have more of a beefy look, reminiscent of the cedar shake shingles of old.  Shingle roofs are susceptible to algae growth.  This is a stain-looking light streak which is seen on many roofs today.  They can also come with an anti-algae coating, however are more expensive but are worth every penny if curb appeal is a problem for you.

Remember, building owners can expect to pay 30 percent more for a metal roof compared to regular shingle roofs. This can depend on weather, the time the building owner expects to stay in the building and if the building owners association will permit this. 

Now they we’ve talked about shingle roofs, here is some info on metal roofs.  Steel roofs can be a good choice for areas where there are high winds.  They metal roofs can withstand far higher mile per hour winds than regular shingle roofs.  Metal roofing material weighs one seventh what a shingle roof weighs and put less stress on the building.  These roofs are fire proof and have a lower insurance premium.  If you have a brick home with a metal roof, your chances of surviving a fire are very high.  Although, metal roofs generally cost more, in the long run it is actually cheaper because metal roofs do last a very long time.  And most roofing manufacturers will give a guarantee of fifty years!  Metal roofs are something you may definitely want to consider.  You can also find metal roofs to look like conventional shingles or cedar shake shingles.

When considering what type of roof you would like whether it is metal or composition, you need to think about the different factors especially how long you plan to stay in the home or building.  Also, how much you can afford to spend on the roof. 

For more information on this topic, please visit:  Shingle Roofs vs Metal Roofs: Composition Asphalt Shingles or Long Lasting Steel? http://home-exteriors.suite101.com/article.cfm/shingle_roofs_vs_metal_roofs#ixzz0foN8Gz85

Also visit us at www.norsteel.com on different options on roofs.

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