Asphalt has been the traditional choice for roofing for a long time. Here, we’re going to take a look at some of the reasons why it might not be the best choice for your roof, and why metal is often the better option.
Can Be less Weather-Resistant
Asphalt roofs can function fine in environments where the climate is average (even if metal roofs often offer better performance, which we’ll come on to) but in harsher climates that are particularly cold or hot, the rapid changing temperatures can often cause cracks or chipping in an asphalt roof. With aluminium, this is something you simply don’t have to worry about.
It’s an unfortunate truth that, when it comes to leaking, asphalt roofs can have their issues. This is especially the case when it comes to long-term. Most competent roofers will secure a roof against leaking during the initial install. However, over time the wear and tear will begin to take effect and some leaking is almost inevitable. When it comes to aluminium, this simply isn’t the case. Why give yourself more long-term worry than you need?
Less Recyclable Value
Asphalt simply isn’t as recyclable as aluminium. We’ve written about the recycling value of aluminium before, but it’s worth re-iterating that asphalt is far more likely to end up in a landfill. Aluminium, meanwhile, remains one of the most widely recycled materials in the world, and can be used over and over again for hundreds of years. If you want to stay green, metal roofs are simply the better option. Enough said.
Asphalt Isn’t As Stable
In general, aluminium is a sturdier option than asphalt. Any metal structure has a natural strength that no other material can hope to rival. It’s worth remembering that we’re talking about your home, and a new roof can be a sizeable investment. Do you want to invest in shingles that can slide, move out of place or even simply fall off the roof? Or do you want a sturdy, unmoveable structure that’ll last for decades to come, whatever the weather?