Aluminum Shingles

Aluminum Shingles Pros and Cons

Aluminum Shingles

Aluminum shingles are an extremely popular metal roofing option, largely thanks to their durability. When well maintained, an aluminum roof can last a lifetime. It’s fantastic at keeping out water, can withstand high winds and withstand snow safely with no problem. Aluminum shingles won’t rot and can handle mildew, insects and even fire. Depending on the manufacturer, warranties can last as long as 50 years. Plus, aluminum provides the extra detailing and aesthetics many homeowners adore.

Aluminum is not as expensive as copper, and it maintains the same hue for years to ensure your exterior home always complements the roof. Plus, compared to some other metal roofing materials, aluminum is pretty light weight and puts less stress on a home without compromising durability. In some instances, aluminum shingles can even be applied on top of other cleaned and prepped roofing materials. This is a dramatic cost savings, and you’re not adding any materials to a dump, ultimately lightening your carbon footprint in the process.

Endless Upsides

It’s fast and easy to install aluminum shingles, thanks to a variety of size options. However, you also need a reputable and licensed contractor to make sure the job is done right, fast and within the budget. Overall, the light weight of aluminum means you can save big on engineering costs and any necessary supporting structures. However, it’s when the roof is installed that you really start seeing the benefits. In addition to being fire resistant, aluminum shingles are also great at reflecting heat. The sun’s rays are naturally reflected away from the home, helping to keep cooling costs lower in the summer.

Finally, during the cooler (and rainier) months, aluminum once again rises to the top. Most aluminum pitches can be quite gentle, minimizing leakage risks. This also allows for easier roof access, which is a must if you’re a DIY type and committed to checking your roof’s health, removing debris or sweeping off snow. Don’t attempt this if you’re not fully comfortable with it or do not have the required tools. It’s always safer to hire a professional for bi-annual or annual roof maintenance.

On the Flip Side

But aluminum has some potential downsides. One is the cost. Aluminum isn’t the most expensive roofing material, but it’s certainly not the cheapest. Consider the lifelong savings — this will likely be the last roof you ever buy — and it’s easy to see how the upfront costs even out after a few years. You may also hear rainfall more clearly with metal roofing. This is soothing for some, but an annoyance for others, so only the homeowner can make this call.

Finally, aluminum is slightly more prone to denting than some other materials. This is only problematic if plus-sized hailstones are common in your area. For all your metal roofing needs, call Aluminum Lock Roofing for a free consultation.