Metal Roofing Lasts Longer and Saves More Energy than Asphalt Shingles

If you're in the market for a new roof and think asphalt shingles are your only option, think again.

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High-quality metal roofing offers many advantages over even the most advanced asphalt roofing materials. First, even though a high-quality professionally installed metal roof costs more upfront, its longer life (40 to 60 years compared with 15 to 20 years for shingles) provides a lower cost of ownership.

Metal Roofing Lasts Longer and Saves More Energy than Asphalt Shingles

Metal roofs can also significantly reduce your summer home-cooling costs. In fact, a study performed in Florida by the Florida Solar Energy Center compared different roofing materials including dark- and light-colored shingles and more highly reflective roofing materials like white metal. The controlled cooling-cost studies showed that white metal surfaces achieved about 23 percent in cooling-related energy savings when compared with dark shingles and 19 percent savings compared with white asphalt shingles. When you combine metal roofing’s longer life and potential energy savings, you can see why metal roofing provides more value than traditional asphalt shingles.

Metal roofing performs better than asphalt in all climates

A properly designed and installed metal roof performs better than asphalt shingles in severe wind, rain, snow and ice and storm conditions. That’s because the interlocking panels resist lift and stay in place. Plus, metal panels shed water and snow faster, so they’re more resistant to the kinds of leaks and ice dams that are so common with asphalt shingle roofs. The truth is, metal roofing is so much more effective at standing up to the elements that many insurance companies offer discounts when you replace an asphalt roof with metal roofing materials. They know that metal roofing’s durability means they’ll have fewer claims.

Metal roofing color palettes and textures enhance the look of your home

Metal roofing is actually the up-and-coming roofing material of choice in many residential markets. Manufacturers like American Building Components are leading the way by expanding their color palettes, texture and panel styles. When properly coordinated with your siding and trim color palettes, the sharp, fresh, modern look of a metal roof increases curb appeal, and its longer life increases the value of your home better than any asphalt shingle product on the market today.

Check out the latest colors and textures

If you’re in the market for a new roof, you owe it to yourself to check out the metal roofing styles and choices at While you’re there, take a minute to read ABC’s warranties. You’ll find most of its metal roofing products are warranted against cracking, checking or peeling for 40 years. Plus, American Building Components provides the best warranty coverage against chalking and fade.

— Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor

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