Asphalt shingles are still the most popular roofing material used across the United States, but if you’re in the market for a new roof, you may want to think about alternative options. Have you considered different types of roofing materials such as slate and metal shingles?
When considering any roofing material, consider the following questions:
- Lifespan – Each roofing may last much longer compared to another
- Durability – How does it stand up to the elements in your region?
- Aesthetics – Will it complement the style of the building?
- Cost – The price of each roofing material may vary in comparison
- Maintenance – Is there any additional maintenance required (as recommended by the manufacturer)?
The advantages of metal shingles
Metal shingle roofs offer significant advantages compared to traditional asphalt shingles. They are particularly desirable among homeowners because they hold their color, don’t fade in sunlight, resist wind damage, and have high resistance to heat and fire. They also help minimize energy bills. Metal shingles allow heat to quickly dissipate, making your house cooler than it would otherwise be. It’s important to remember that, like any other building material, metal roofing shingles are available at a variety of price points. If you have a specific budget you’re trying to stick to, we’re happy to help you find the best metal shingle options for your needs.
Slate roofing as an alternative
Slate roofing material is known for its beauty, durability and as one of the longest lasting shingles on the market. Slate roofs are created to stand up to Mother Nature and protect your building. Slate roof tiles are also fireproof and environmentally friendly. Since they are made from natural stone, the tiles don’t give off VOCs or other pollution during manufacturing. They are also recyclable after use. Thinking long-term about the value of a slate roof, the cost may measure-up. Homeowners should expect to have installed only one slate roof on in their lifetime, but an asphalt shingle roof may need to be replaced two or three times. Another benefit of slate roofing is it may help to increase the resale value of your home.
Your roof is only as good as the quality of the installation work
It’s important to remember that the overall quality of your roof is only as good as the quality of the installation work. While you may be using top of the line roofing materials, you also need an experienced roofing contractor in order to get the full benefits. Since 1976, Perry Roofing Contractors has been providing roofing solutions to our clients in Alachua County, and areas surrounding Gainesville, Florida. Contact us today to learn more about your roofing options.