Did you know that a typical 25 year rated asphalt shingle roof will only last an average of 10 to 15 years? The reason for that is quite simple; with the rising prices of crude oil many asphalt shingles manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their production costs. By lowering the quality of their roof products, many manufacturers are able to use a lesser amount of petrochemicals in the production of asphalt shingles.
It doesn’t matter much that most basic asphalt shingle products can only provide some 10 to 15 years of service life before the shingles become mushy and start breaking down into pieces. You may well ask; How is it possible that they offer a 25 or 30 year warranty on their asphalt shingle roofing product? The answer is very simple; their warranty is not even worth the paper it’s written on. It’s a prorated warranty, and it does not cover the cost of labor. Thus, if your new $10,000 roof fails after 10 years due to manufacturing issues with the product, then you will only get back the amount it would cost to buy a fraction of the materials used on your roof. Once again, it will not even cover the cost of labor!
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We’re providing this information in order to help you better understand the flaws of the product you the consumer are paying for. Not only is contemporary asphalt shingle poor in terms of its quality, but it also has a very significant negative impact on the environment. There is no easy way to recycle old asphalt shingles, which is the reason why there are millions of pounds of asphalt shingles dumped into our landfills every year.
Fortunately, there are some more durable and longer lasting roofing alternatives; metal roofing can last well over 35 to 60 years, depending on the system, while providing reliable service and energy savings. When re-roofing a house, consider installing a metal roof, which will give you many years of reliable service and the peace of mind.
Advantages of Metal:
Metal roofs are available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and material choices. Steel shingles represent the most basic and affordable type of metal roofing. It’s suitable for any home whether historic or modern, and is relatively easy to install. Metal shingles are lightweight, durable, and can be ordered in just the right style to complement your home.
Ask for the energy star rated and cool-roof rated metal shingle roofing product, this way you will get an energy efficient roof that qualifies for governmental tax credits. The advantage of metal shingles roof is that you can install it right over your existing roof, provided that you only have one layer of asphalt shingles on your roof. First, you would install one layer of water barrier such as a breathable synthetic underlayment by GAF, and then you can start installing your new metal roof.
As far as the cost to benefit relationship goes, metal provides the greatest number of benefits compared to any other roofing material available on the market today. Installing a new metal roof will also help upraise the value of your home and reduce your air conditioning costs.
In the fire prone areas, a class A fire-rated metal roof will provide much needed protection against this threat of fire spread and that may help you lower your insurance costs. A metal roof performs extremely well in all types of environments; in a Northern climate, a metal roof will shed snow and ice, which will help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.
In the hotter climates, a metal roof accommodates for thermal shocks through its ability to expand and contrast under rapidly changing temperatures. Factor in the energy savings and reduced cooling costs, and it becomes clear that a metal roof is a far superior type of a roof.
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