Tornado Roofing has decades of experience in Naples, Florida. We’ve seen how asphalt shingles vs. metal roof solutions stand up to weather and the test of time. 

Installing a new roof is a big investment. It is the peak of your home and protects it from the weather, keeping your family safe and comfortable inside. When it’s time to replace your roof, use that opportunity to look at the best-performing materials for your climate and its longevity. 

Asphalt Shingles

Traditional asphalt shingles are classic, reasonably inexpensive, and easy to replace in small chunks. Modern asphalt shingles are aesthetically varied to resemble other building materials, such as weathered cedar shakes, slate, or tile. They can be installed on nearly any roof, sometimes over the existing layers, without a full retrofit of the roof.

The skills and tools needed for shingles are minimal. While it isn’t recommended to take on a roofing job as a DIY project, asphalt shingles are easier to acquire and manipulate. The costs upfront are lower for asphalt shingles, ringing in at just $100-200 per hundred square feet of coverage. 

Warranties on asphalt shingle roofs run a 15-20 year lifespan. That time can be drastically reduced or increased based on the climate and weather patterns your roof can expect to experience. 

Your homeowner’s insurance will also take into consideration the materials you’ve chosen, as well as the average weather patterns in your region. For homes in the Gulf, you can expect summer storms and occasional hurricanes.

Asphalt Shingles vs. Metal Roof

Metal Roof

Metal roofing materials have long been associated with barns, cabins, and sheds. However, in recent years, they’ve gained popularity for residential applications. They are sturdy, available in many colors, and last an incredibly long time. 

The upfront costs are high but can pay off in the long run. A metal roof can run $120-900 per hundred square feet of material, depending on the type of metal you choose. On the other end of that investment, they carry warranties of 30-50 years, and often outlast their warranties by 10-20 years. 

Metal roofs are less susceptible to damage from wind, rain, and hail. However, when they are damaged, it is a bigger project to repair. DIY is nearly impossible to do safely, so professionals should do the repairs to avoid injury or further damage. Metal roofs can be damaged by falling branches and debris or walking on them improperly. 

The tools and skills needed are of a higher level than those needed for shingles. They often require full panel replacements. The materials are cumbersome and may need to be cut to size and retrofit into the neighboring panels. 

The materials available for metal roofs have expanded over the years, and now include hundreds of colors of tin and aluminum, steel, and even hammered copper. There is a metal roof for nearly every home style to fit any aesthetic. 

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Long Term Investment

When considering the best option for your roof repair, you should compare the investment costs and returns in the long run. A family invests in the purchase of a home for over 30 years, typically. In those 30 years, your shingle roof may need to be replaced 2-3 times due to damage and deterioration. If you put the investment into a metal roof, you’ll likely never need to replace it during that time. 

Metal roofing options are often made from recycled materials, making them an ideal option for eco-conscious homeowners. When they are replaced, they can be recycled and made into new roofs for other people rather than tossed into the trash. Metal roofs are a more sustainable option for long-term investment in our environment. 

Asphalt shingles are petroleum-based, non-recyclable, and contribute to an estimated 20 billion pounds of debris in landfills in the US alone. As frequently as we need to replace roofs in the US, that adds up fast. Plus, since it’s petroleum-based, it doesn’t break down quickly and contributes significantly to our dependence on fossil fuels.

Short Term Investment

Metal roofing has fewer seam overlaps. Therefore, there are fewer opportunities for leakages and water damage. Another benefit of metal roofing is the reflective quality of the materials which means that the heat from the sun is reflected, rather than absorbed into the home. This reduces heating and cooling costs. 

Further, homeowner’s insurance companies have been known to give discounts to those with metal roofs. With their inherent durability, they create less liability for the insurance brokerage, leading to lower premiums for you.

Determining if You Need a Replacement Roof or Repair

If you think it’s time, or an inspector has recommended a replacement or repair, it’s likely because you’ve seen obvious damage. However, you can find damage that isn’t visible from the outside of your roof that will contribute to bigger problems. Damage can manifest in ways that you might not recognize as damage.

Start Inside

The underside of your roof can show you damage that you would have never seen from outside or above the roof. Water damage, pests, and animal damage can contribute to your roof’s structural issues under the shingles or metal panels. Before you replace your roof, you must make sure your structure is sound, or the investment will not last as long as it should. 

Identifying the problems is only half the battle. You’ll need to repair the cause before installing your new roof. Otherwise, the issues may return in the next rainstorm. While in the attic, look in the rafters, under the eaves, and search for beams of light or stains on the wood. These will indicate holes in the roofing materials and water leakages.

Flashing

The flashing on your roof is a weak spot in the design of all roofs. It is the metal collar around any vents, pipes, or the chimney, and is typically covered by the shingles or metal roof. If the flashing becomes damaged, it can lead to rust and leakages into the attic space. If there is damage to the flashing or the weatherproof barriers under the roofing material, it can lead to mold, mildew, and rot. 

In older homes, the flashing is sometimes made of materials other than metal. Materials like roofing cement or tar can deteriorate in seasonal weather shifts, leading to leaks and cracks. During your roof upgrade, consider switching to the more dependable and durable metal flashing options.

Green Roofs

While intentional greenspace in the form of rooftop gardens is a great design feature, they’re best to keep when they’re intentional. Mossy roofs are an indicator of stagnant water pooling on or in the roofing materials. Moss doesn’t typically form on metal roofs, because there isn’t much footing, but any mold, mildew, moss or fungus on your roof can spell disaster.

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Professional Inspection and Installation with Tornado Roofing

We’ve seen it all when it comes to roofing failures and repairs. From natural disasters to nature taking over, we’ve got techs experienced with it all. Give us a call for a consultation for your roof inspection or replacement and discuss if asphalt shingles or metal roofs is the better option for your needs. 

Here at Tornado Roofing, we want to work with you on revitalizing your home. Drop us an email or give us a call with details on your project vision, and we’ll work with you to create the perfect solution.