Out of concern for the environment or the desire to increase the service life of their roof, many homeowners are considering metal roofing installation. Asphalt roofs typically last about 15 to 20 years, with the average roof being replaced in 17 years. Asphalt roofing is organic. Although metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt and composite shingles, it lasts much longer, with a lifespan of 40 to 60 years. It is comprised of special paper or fiberglass. UV rays from the sun, wind, rain, snow, and temperature causes asphalt shingles to begin the process of deteriorating as soon as it is on your roof. The process of degradation is the same for any other organic roofing material. A metal roof, however, does not decompose and will withstand just about every condition that roofs need to endure.
Roofing materials such as tile and wood shingles degrade at different rates, depending upon varying degrees of weather conditions. Wood shingles dry out and crack after a relatively short time, and there is always the threat of exposure to fireworks. Wood shingle and cedar shake roofs are usually replaced on average of about twenty years. Concrete tile roofs have proven to be less resistant to northern climates. Neither wood nor concrete can perform close to the average service life of a metal roofing installation.
Great for the environment
Unfortunately, over 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles end up in American landfills every year. We now understand the long term effects of even degradable products in landfills. The average asphalt shingle re-roofing project will generate one to three tons of shingles. The millions of tons of shingles that end up in a landfill each year will remain there for 300 years. Since asphalt is made from refined petroleum, destroying old or wasted shingles by incineration creates harmful emissions.
Conversely, roughly 56 percent of the steel in a metal roof is recycled. The reuse content of steel in metal roofs is far superior to that of recycled asphalt. In many cases, a metal roof can be installed over your existing roof, saving the landfill and helping to preserve the environment. In addition, metal roofs are an excellent component for insulation. Your metal roof will keep your crawlspace temperatures more stable, and it help you efficiently heat and cool your house, contributing to lower your air conditioning and heating bills.
Metal roofing installer in Charlotte, NC
If it is time for you to replace your roof, there are so many reasons for you to consider a metal roofing installation. It is just as important to find a top notch installer for metal roofing as you would for any other style of roof. Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a fully licensed, insured, and bonded roofing and exterior home improvement company. They have been serving Charlotte, NC, and the surrounding areas for many years. Call them today for a free estimate for metal roofing installation.