California Asphalt vs Steel Roofing
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Differences between asphalt and steel roofs
When it comes time to replace your roof, the first thing you need to consider is what type of roofing is available and what would be the best roof for your home in California. Our goal is to help you see the difference between asphalt shingle roofs and steel roofs. Steel roofs are also referred to as metal roofs.
Various industry publications report that an asphalt shingle roof is going to last anywhere from 13-20 years in the Southwestern U.S. We also know that a stone-coated steel roof will last anywhere from 50 – 100 years in California’s climate. Because an asphalt roof will last an average of 16.5 years in the Southwestern U.S., it is easy to conclude that a homeowner will have to install 3-4 asphalt roofs before the stone-coated steel roof has reached its warranty date.
Asphalt shingle roof facts
- Life span: 13-19 years
- Walkability: not recommended
- Energy Efficiency: poor
- Recyclability: limited
- Appearance: 3-tab, low dimensional, tri-laminate
- Fire rating: Class A
- Wind Rating: 20yr – 50yr: 60-mph to 110mph
- Warranty: 20yr to limited lifetime
Stone-coated metal roof facts (steel roofing)
- Lifespan: 50-100 years
- Walkability: Yes
- Energy Efficiency: Excellent
- Recyclability: 100% recyclable
- Appearance: wood shake, concrete tiles, shingles
- Fire rating: Class A
- Wind Rating: 120mph
- Warranty: 50 year/transferable
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As you can conclude from the above information, an asphalt roof system is going to cost much more over 20 to 30 years than a Stone Coated Steel. That is because you will need to re-roof not once but twice with asphalt shingles. Imagine what you could spend your future money on if you didn’t have to purchase another roof in 15-20 years. A steel roof is a little more initially but will save you tens of thousands of dollars over time.
Since cost is one of the most important concerns of the homeowner, we wanted to show that although a stone-coated steel roof is typically 10% – 15% more money than an asphalt shingle roof system, it is like comparing apples to oranges. Stone-coated steel is a proven system that is expected to last up to 100 years while asphalt shingles have proven to fail after a rather short period of time (15 to 20 years), even though it is backed with a warranty of over 40 to 50 years!
To find out more about the multiple benefits of a stone-coated steel roof system, simply contact us and we will be happy to meet with you at your convenience.
It doesn’t really matter which type of asphalt shingle you choose, they all weather away at about the same rate as far as stone loss and appearance is concerned. We are here to provide you with a proven roof system that will last more than 50 years and is much more economically sensible than replacing asphalt shingle roofs every 15 or 20 years. Give us an opportunity to show you why more and more of your neighbors are choosing stone-coated steel roof systems, the smartest choice a homeowner could make with regards to protecting their home.