Your home's roof is the primary line of defense against everything that nature can throw at you. This means that it needs to stay in good working condition in a wide variety of different weather conditions. Beyond the practical benefits of keeping water, moisture, pests and debris out of your home, your roof also plays a massive role in constructing the exterior appearance of your property. Understanding how two of the most common types of roofing materials, asphalt shingles and steel roofing panels, fulfill both of these functions in different ways can help you choose the best roofing material for your needs.
Asphalt roofing is the most common type of roofing material used on residential properties, and for good reason. It is relatively easy to install, lightweight, and comes at a low price point. This means that it can help keep your budget in check, even for larger roofs. Asphalt roofing is also immune to rusting, which can affect metal roofs, and can be easily and cheaply repaired or replaced.
However, asphalt roofing does come with a few downsides. Notably, they are susceptible to damage caused by extreme heat, which can cause shingles to soften and become more easily damaged. Beyond heat damage, asphalt shingles are can also be damaged due to high winds, excessive moisture exposure, and general physical trauma, opening up the potential for leaks and further roofing damage.
Steel roofing panels are much larger than asphalt shingles, which means that the installation process can be quicker as fewer individual sections have to be installed. The main advantage of steel roofing, however, is the physical protection that it offers your home. Steel is extremely durable and won't be easily damaged by storms, falling debris, and general weather exposure which can take a toll on asphalt. This means that steel roofs are likely to have a longer lifespan than asphalt roofs, and require less maintenance over time.
However, the sheer weight of steel roofing means that they have to be installed on roofs that have adequate support to hold them. In some cases, if your roof does not have those supports, the installation process can add quite a bit to the cost of your roof. It's also important to note that steel roofing panels can be significantly more expensive even without the added cost of supports, which means that they may be less than ideal for homeowners with smaller budgets.
For more information, contact a company like Maynor Roofing & Siding Co.