When your roof wears out, you might be tempted to buy the least expensive roofing material you can find. if such is the case, you will want to install asphalt shingles. If you do install asphalt shingles, you need to be prepared to replace your roof again in another fifteen to thirty years. In other words, a myopic focus on installation costs can leave you exposed to higher costs down the road. If you really want to save money long term, you should install a metal roof. 

Cut Cooling Costs

Asphlat shingles absorb heat from the sun, which can then leak into your home. Metal, on the other hand, will naturally reflect the sun's rays away from your home. When treated with an emissive coating, metal can reduce your cooling costs by up to 40%.

Preventing Ice Dams

Snow that melts over the body of your roof can freeze when it hits the eaves. As layer after layer of ice builds up on your eaves, water can pool up behind the ice end then run under shingles. Metal roofing panels can prevent damage from ice dams in two ways:

  1. Metal panels typically extend from eave to ridge line, so there is no way for water to run under your roofing.
  2. Metal has a low-friction surface, which will allow snow to slide right off of your roof, preventing ice dams altogether.


As mentioned earlier, asphalt shingles can last for as little as fifteen years. Furthermore, a freak hailstorm or windstorm can strike at any point, leaving your shingles so damaged that you have no choice but to replace your roof. Metal roofing, on the other hand, can last sixty years or more. Because metal roofing is affixed to a roof with screws, it can resist even the strongest of winds, and a thick gauge of metal will resist hail damage. Thus, you have much less maintenance with a metal roof than you would have with asphalt shingles. 

If you are only interested in saving money initially, then asphalt shingles are the way to go. You need to know, however, that you are taking a gamble that you will have no extreme weather that could damage your roof. You are also leaving yourself exposed to replacement costs down the road. With a metal roof, you have much more financial security in that metal will last for six decades or so with very little need for maintenance. Thus, for long-lasting savings, metal is the clear choice. For more information, contact companies like Ringer Roofing & Skylight Inc.