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Three Reasons To Consider Choosing A Metal Roof Over Asphalt Shingles

When most people think of metal roofs, images of old barns and shacks come to mind. However, metal roofs have come a long ways in the last several decades. They're now being installed on family homes across the country, and they offer several important benefits for homeowners. If you're in need of a new roof, consider giving metal a second thought. Here are three interesting facts about metal roofs to help convince you that perhaps conventional asphalt shingles are not, in fact, your only option.

Metal roofs last a lot longer than asphalt shingles.

Think about what a hassle it is to have your roof replaced. You have to call several roofing companies for estimates, taking time off of work to meet with the technicians. You have to survive a day or two of hammering and pounding, and deal with bits of shingles in your flower beds for months. Do you really want to do that all again in 15 – 20 years? Metal roofs last a long longer than asphalt roofs – often 50 years or more – so you won't likely have to live through another roof replacement as long as you stay in the same home.

Today's metal roofs don't rust.

Many people steered away from metal roofs in the past because they were worried about rust. Today's metal roofs, however, are coated with zinc-aluminum alloys that prevent rusting. These coatings even come in different colors, so you can have virtually any color roof you want, from classic brown or silver to bright green.

Metal roofs suffer less damage and need fewer repairs than asphalt shingles.

This is a particular advantage if you live in an area where high winds, heavy rain and hail are common. All of these elements can cause damage to a roof covered in asphalt shingles. You may find yourself calling your roofing company or climbing up on the roof to make repairs on an annual basis. A metal roof, however, won't be phased by hail or high winds. You won't see pieces of it flying down the road when a storm hits. This will save you both time and money in the long run.

Having a metal roof installed will probably cost more than simply having your asphalt roof replaced with a new one, but in the long-term, most homeowners find that the durability and lack of repairs involved with metal roofs makes them well worth the investment. Contact a roofing company, like West Plains Roofing, in your area that offers metal roofs, and get an estimate. Then, weigh the factors above carefully as you decide what's right for your home.