When you are building a new home, it is tempting to let sticker shock overwhelm you and cause a myopic focus on saving money on the initial cost of your home. Unfortunately, a choice that helps to save you money when building your home does not always help you to save money down the road. This is especially true of roofing. While a metal roof will cost more money initially than the more common asphalt shingles used on most homes, metal roofing will save you money in the long run for a number of reasons.
Asphalt shingles can dry out with nothing more than the constant onslaught of the sun's rays. Once they become brittle, hail can cause cracks that will eventually develop into leaks. A strong wind can catch the free bottom edge of your shingles and rip them off of your roof. A stray spark from your chimney or forest fire can ignite your roof. In other words, if you live in an area where adverse weather is possible, asphalt shingles may not be the best choice. Metal roofing will resist extreme weather better than asphalt shingles, which will help you to save money on repair and maintenance costs.
The longer your roofing lasts, the less money you have to spend on replacing your roof. Asphalt shingles will only last about 15-20 years. While this might seem like a long time, the cost of roof replacement never seems to fit nicely into a budget. Whether you have a growing family or you are retired and living on a pension, costs that disrupt your routine can create headaches. Metal roofing can last for sixty years or more. In some cases, you may not have to worry about replacing your roof during your lifetime.
You should also consider whether your roofing will absorb or reflect heat from the sun. As asphalt shingles absorb the sun's heat, they will radiate some of that heat into your home. While insulation should help to catch some of this heat, some will leak into your home. In contrast, a metal roof will help to reflect the sun's energy away from your home. In fact, a good metal roof can help to reduce your cooling costs by up to 40%.
When you consider roofing materials for your home, you need to consider the long-term costs of your choice. While asphalt shingles are less expensive to install, you will save money over the long term and with every AC bill when you choose metal roofing. For more information about your options for roofing and what might be best for your needs, work with a local roofing contractor from a company like Ray's Harford Home Improvement Contractors Inc.