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Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles: Which Should I Choose?

Your roof offers a great deal of protection over your home or business, and the material you choose can make a big impact on all aspects of your roof's ability to do just that. When thinking about roof repair or replacement, it's important to consider the different material types you can move forward with, each with their own benefits that will suit each home or business owner differently.

Asphalt Shingles 

 Asphalt Shingles are what people often think of when they imagine a roof. These thousands of black, tiled shingles are commonplace in any typical suburban neighborhood. These shingles are made up of a combination of cellulose fibers and glass fibers which are coated in asphalt, and can be a reliable material to cover and protect your home.

Asphalt shingle roofs are typically chosen because of their versatility. They are lighter than other materials, and made up of smaller tabs of shingles, making them easier to install or replace. Their biggest factor is that they are typically a cheaper option than other materials, and are able to be styled to fit just about any home.
Overall, asphalt shingles can be a great choice for anyone looking to have a simple roof replacement or repair and can typically last as long as 12 – 23 years. If you're looking for a free quote for an asphalt roof, contact Trotter Roofing today!
Pros: 
  • Affordability
  • Easier to Repair
  • Easier to Install
Cons: 
  • Shorter Lifespan
  • Vulnerable to Damage
  • Absorbs Heat Easily         

Metal Roofing 

Oftentimes when people think of a metal roof you may think of the sound of rain on a tin-roof porch or a metal garage cover, but they are also a super durable way to protect your home. Metal roofing can offer one of the most reliable and long-lasting solutions to protecting your home!

Metal roofs are typically formed out of aluminum, copper, zinc, tin, or galvanized steel. Using these metal products can give you a roof that can last for decades, typically from around 40 – 70 years. Metal roofing can stand up to strong wind gusts, making it a popular choice for homes in areas susceptible to intense thunderstorms or tropical storms. Metal roofing has the ability to reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it like asphalt shingles, which can oftentimes augment your home's insulation, benefiting your cooling costs over time.

With all these great benefits, why doesn't everyone choose metal roofing materials? Well, metal roofing typically comes at a higher cost than other materials on the market, and in some circumstances, can be difficult to repair. With the higher cost in mind, metal roofing is typically a great way to ensure protection for your home for a very long time, or even add some serious value to your property. No matter which one you go with, Trotter Roofing is equipped to help you make the right decisions regarding your metal or asphalt roof. If you're looking for a free quote for a metal roof, contact Trotter Roofing today! 

Pros: 
  • Stands Up to Winds
  • Energy Efficient
  • Longer Lifespan
Cons: 
  • More Expensive
  • Difficult to Repair 
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