Aluminum roofing shingles are known in the roofing industry as one of most durable, long-lasting, highly efficient and value for money product. The interlocking shingles are known to last for more than 50 years. When other shingles need replacement in 10-20 years how is it possible that aluminum shingles last for so many years? The reason is because of its metallic nature. All metal roofs last a very long time. Some can last more than 100 years without much damage or maintenance needed.
Aluminum is known for its toughness, malleability and light weight nature. Aluminum roofing shingles do not dry out, rot curl or break due to exposure to harsh weather conditions. They undergo very little damage over the course of several decades. Aluminum does not rust, does not undergo streaking or change its color with age. Heat, cold, rain or snow does not affect aluminum interlocking shingles.
Comparing aluminum roof shingles against other roofing options we find a marked superiority of this particular roof.
Let us consider asphalt shingles which is very commonly used roofing in many countries. There are millions of buildings that use asphalt roofing but even though it is one of the cheapest roofing options it has some serious drawbacks and disadvantages. It dries out and traps heat in hot weather. This increases the temperatures of the attics and the house in general. This results in higher cooling expenses in summers. The roofs have a short life-span of around 10-15 years. They need careful maintenance and repairs in order to last their stated life-span. They are prone to cracks, leaks and damage.
Another type of shingles which was popular but now is not favored is the cedar shake shingles. This type of roofing is prone to fire hazards. It rots and curls when subjected moist conditions. On the other hand aluminum shingles do not crack or break under similar conditions. The interlocking aluminum shingles are even more long-lasting than ordinary shingles.
These roofing shingles do not retain heat, they transfer heat fast. It does not need to be painted or modified to reflect heat. The metal is natural reflector of radiation. The shingles do not become loose or break off when the roof expands and contracts under different weather variations.
As aluminum roofing is sturdy, it is possible for people to walk freely over it and this won’t get damaged like asphalt or other types of shingles do. It is hundred percent recyclable so, it is an environmental friendly option as you don’t have to send it to landfills. Unlike asphalt which needs replacement every decade this will last several decades so, that is one more reason this is eco-friendly. It is light-weight and can be easily placed over existing roofing shingles without disturbing it. You don’t have to remove the underlying asphalt or any other roofing material. This saves time and money for the homeowner.
Booker C, an expert in roofing industry has written articles to help lay persons understand the different roofing options available.