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The Difference Between Metal Roofs and Asphalt Shingles

One common question many roofing companies get is, which one is better to install: an asphalt roof or a metal roof? In this blog, you’ll learn the difference between the two roofing options so you can make the right decision for you and your home.

Metal Roofing

RV or AG panels are the two most popular types of metal roofs with exposed fasteners. Another kind with concealed fasteners, known as standing seam, is also utilized in commercial applications frequently. Of the two kinds, standing seam is far superior and more costly.

The metal strips are attached to the roof with tiny clips that are hidden by the next row of sheet metal. These clips also allow the metal pieces to freely move a little bit. On the other hand, allows the metal to expand and contract without damaging the fastener or the roof. Screw-down metals do not have this play in their fasteners, and forces of expansion and contraction against them can work out or break screws.

Asphalt Shingles

For shingles, there are two common types of shingles: a three-tab shingle, a less expensive single layer in a more traditional-looking shingle, and then architectural shingles. They have a double layer to give them a 3D effect, but they don’t have any tabs. They’re one solid piece.

Shingles are an excellent choice. They cost roughly one-third less than metal with exposed fasteners if you live in a high wind zone. They may provide you with a great-performing roof if they’re installed correctly.

The most essential aspect of installing them properly is that the nails are not overdriven. However, they’re placed in the shingle nailing area, which is where it’s widest. It also overlaps the row immediately above it. Shingles do not work well on low-pitched roofs because wind-driven rain can actually blow up under the shingles and get down through the nail holes.

At Carl’s Fencing, Decking & Home Improvements, we’ll give you the roof you’ve always wanted. Contact us today for a free estimate and let us help you find the best roofing options for your NJ home!

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