If you are in the market for a new roof for your home, you may become overwhelmed at the many available options. These options include asphalt, wood, rubber, copper, aluminum, and more. This abundance of choices may have you struggling to figure out which is the best for you. But there is one material that has quickly become the number one choice for a lot of people: aluminum. This may be true, but is an aluminum roof right for you? Here are some pros and cons of aluminum shingles to help you decide.
#1: Durable: fire, wind, snow/ice, and pest proof
One of the key features of aluminum shingles is how durable they are. Made of strong aluminum, they can resist fire, wind, snow, and pests. Luckily, aluminum doesn’t rust so they will not be affected by excess moisture. Even though these shingles may seem weak, they will last for many years before you must even consider replacing them.
#2: Good for the environment
Another amazing feature of aluminum shingles is that they are very environmentally friendly. Aluminum Lock Roofing’s Aluma-Lock shingles are made from 90% recycled aluminum. These materials have found another purpose after being recycled and can create a high-quality roof for your home for years and even decades.
#3: Lightweight and easy to install
Aluminum shingles are famous for being extremely lightweight and easy to install. Because they are lightweight, you can save quite a bit of money on installation costs and labor. Even though they may feel flimsy in-hand, they are very durable and strong. Aluminum Lock Roofing’s Aluma-Lock shingles are even easier to install because they interlock with surrounding shingles on all 4 sides. This feature allows for a hassle-free installation experience.
#4: Cooling and warming properties
Aluminum, like other metals, is reflective. By having it all over your roof, the reflective properties really pop during the summer and winter months. The aluminum shingles can help keep your home cooler and warmer during these seasons, respectively. The shingles also can help you save money on heating and cooling costs.
A customer-favorite part of aluminum shingles is how stylish they look on top of your home. The darker color of aluminum shingles matches well with most paint and styles. They also come in several pre-painted colors like red, green, Not to mention the wonderful pros that were discussed above, you can have a stylish looking house for decades with these effective and beautiful shingles.
If compared with asphalt shingles, aluminum shingles cost quite a bit more than the average. But even with a higher initial cost, the maintenance of these shingles is much lower compared to that of other materials. Your aluminum shingles will last you decades and add to your home’s beauty and energy-saving capabilities.
#2: Loss of shine
As with most metals, aluminum will lose its shine after years of use. To combat this, you can paint the shingles. This may not be ideal, but it is part of the miniscule amount of maintenance that these shingles need. Although they may become dull, aluminum shingles are still a durable and energy-efficient choice for your home.
#3: Pressure sensitive
Being that it is very lightweight, aluminum may dent if put under enough pressure. You must be very careful when walking on the roof as to not dent it. Severe weather is also another potential concern depending on your location. Heavy hail can dent your aluminum shingles depending on how frequently it occurs.
If you’ve been in a car during a rainstorm, you’re familiar with the sound of raindrops hitting metal. This noise may not bother you but can be a potential annoyance for others that install an aluminum roof. To minimize this potential con, you can install extra layers of insulation to alleviate the sound. These extra layers may add another cost to your roof installation but are worth it if you can’t stand a loud roof.
Your new roof
Now that you’ve weighed the pros and cons of aluminum shingles for your next roof, consider choosing Aluminum Lock Roofing as your roofer. As a direct manufacturer of aluminum shingles, you can save money by purchasing from us. For more information on aluminum roofing, as well as other types, please click here and give us a call at 801-484-3321.