What’s the difference between regular roofs versus metal roofs?
To begin with, which ones are considered regular roofs in this industry? In the United States, asphalt and concrete roofing systems are considered to be standard and regular ones among both commercial and residential property owners. However, other options like wood and ceramic are among the roofs that many homeowners consider as well, making them qualify as regulars at the same time.
With this clear, it is important to discuss the difference between all of them with metal roofs overall. And I can tell you right away that durability is not the only one but rather the first to mention. Metal roofs are known for being resistant to all types of climate conditions, even hot ones unlike what most people believe.
Since roofing systems aren’t only about the raw material—like metal in this case—but also about the additional elements like insulation, coating, finishing, and more, it is easy to obtain better results compared to a few decades ago. Thanks to this, people can notice the outstanding benefits it offers, starting with the fact of standing large debris, heavy rains, and snow.
Regular roofs don’t perform that great when you expose them to extreme conditions or very uncommon ones like storms. Most of them fall apart or require frequent repairs and maintenance which only leads to more expenses and worries. Meanwhile, a metal roof will hardly give you problems, and instead, it will be number 1 in durability. Now, is there something else to mention? I would rather say ‘a lot’.
They are long-lasting
While regular ones can promise you from 10 to 25 years of use, and this includes the maintenance and possible repairs, metal roofs will guarantee at least 40 years regardless of the metal you use. Any metal option you choose for roofing can outlast asphalt roofing quite easily and not only one or two times but rather three and even four.
I always use asphalt as the most common example of the longevity test since it is the most used roofing system in the United States. And when you place it next to the metal one, you definitely ask yourself what were you doing all this time.
You obtain much more for just a bit of extra money
Yes, metal roofs are more expensive than regular ones. At least, most of the time. You will always invest a bit more compared to asphalt or concrete, even wood can be included in this. But you need to think about how much you will get from this extra money.
Let me mention a few aspects that make it completely worth it: up to 3 or 4 times the longevity, saving money in repairs, and also maintenance. In the long run, metal is the best option and you don’t really have to invest much more money to obtain it. With just a dollar or two extra per square foot, you can obtain over 85% of ROI.
Just think about it!
It is recyclable
Either if you use steel, copper, aluminum, or zinc, you can just recycle it and use it over and over again. You will prevent debris, waste, and everything that makes you spend more on getting rid of it and also contaminates the planet.
Thanks to this, it is also easier to deal with the damaged or old metal panels whenever you decide to replace the entire roof or change a few parts. Regular roofs are what I would call “the normal and safe option” for most property owners due to how common they are.
But metal roofs are definitely the risky but the best and completely worth it option you should go for based on the previous differences.