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The 411 on Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are gaining in popularity across North Texas. They’re durable against the extremes of Texas weather, come in a wide variety of colors and metal types, and look great for many years. But some people are still hesitant about switching to metal roofing, but remember, like anything there are advantages and drawbacks. We break down metal roofing in this blog.

Advantages of Metal Roofing

They’re durable. Metal roofing is extremely durable and can withstand hail and other harsh Texas weather, which gives it a significant advantage over asphalt shingle roofing materials.

They last a long time. Metal roofing lasts on average for 50 to 75 years. When compared to asphalt shingles that last on average 15 to 25 years, you can see metal roofing has a significant advantage.

They are fireproof. Metal roofs are fireproof, which is attractive to many homeowners in North Texas because of the lightning that is often present in severe weather. (It is a myth that metal roofs attract lighting). The fact that metal roofs are fireproof increases your safety and translates into lower insurance premiums. Metal roofing systems also resist wind damage, which helps to keep your repair costs low.

They are recyclable. Metal roofing materials are recyclable at the end of their life, which makes them an excellent way to protect the environment.

Disadvantages of Metal Roofing:

They can be noisy. Metal roofing can be noisier than asphalt shingles during hail or heavy rain, but with the proper underlayment materials and professional installation, noise can be minimized.

They are more expensive. Metal roofing can be twice as expensive than asphalt shingle roofing systems, but you should consider your metal roof an investment in your home.

As you can see, the advantages of metal roofing far outweigh its disadvantages. Overall, metal roofing means serious benefits for you and your home. If you’re interested in learning more about metal roofing, call a professional roofing company today.

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Three-Tab or Architectural Shingles: What Should You Choose?

You’ve picked the roofer, you’ve selected the color, and now you have to choose what type of shingle you want for your new roof for your home. For many years, homebuilders in Carrollton and Plano opted to put three-tab shingles on homes, but in recent years, there has been a switch by builders to using architectural shingles. Many homeowners are also choosing to upgrade to the architectural shingle when given the opportunity when replacing their roof. Learning the difference between the three-tab and the architectural shingle can help you decide choice to make when the time comes.

What is a three-tab shingle?

Three-tab shingles are one-piece asphalt shingles with cutouts along their lower edge to make it look like it is three separate pieces.

What are architectural shingles?

Architectural shingles are one-piece asphalt shingles with no cutouts but feature an extra laminate asphalt layer along their lower edge.

Should I choose the architectural shingle?

While three-tab shingles and architectural shingles seem very similar, some marked differences may interest you:

Improved Appearance. This additional asphalt layer helps to create a multi-dimensional look that can give your roof a better aesthetic, and can even resemble other high-end roofs – without the high price tag of high-end roofing materials.

Long Lasting. Architectural shingles are thicker than three-tab shingles, which gives them increased durability to withstand damage from the sun and other elements. Many brands of architectural shingles can withstand winds up to 80 to 120 miles per hour, while three-tab shingles can only withstand wind speeds of 60 miles per hour.

Longer Warranties. Most three-tab shingles are warrantied for 25 years, while coverage for architectural shingles is between 40 to 50 years on average.

Cost Concerns. Architectural shingles are more expensive than three-tab shingles, but cheaper is not always better. You may find that the durability of the architectural shingles means a long-lasting roof and cost you less over the life of your roof compared to three-tab shingles.

Do you have questions about what type of shingle would work best for you? Contact a DFW roofing expert today.