Without a doubt, the roof is one of the most important parts of a house. It protects us from harsh weather conditions. And if well-maintained, it can make our homes look more appealing. Unfortunately, many homeowners in Tauranga do not even think about it until it is damaged during a hailstorm or a blizzard.
If you are considering having a new roof for your home, KiwispoutNZ LTD says it is essential that you weigh the pros and cons of some of the common roofing materials in Tauranga, such as metal and asphalt. Let this article enlighten you.
Pros for asphalt roofs
- Asphalt roofs are simple and quick to install. And, if any damages occur on them, the repairs are easy and fast.
- Asphalt is affordable for many homeowners. Moreover, its roofing requires very little maintenance which is cost effective in the long run.
- This type of roofing also has numerous colour and style options to suit the taste and preference of every homeowner.
Cons for asphalt roofs
- They are highly susceptible to harsh weather conditions, especially hailstorms. What’s more, asphalt roofs can trap moisture during humid weather conditions and this can easily facilitate the growth of algae, moss, and mildew.
- The warranties on asphalt roofs are usually high; however, their performance is closely related to their maintenance and ventilation.
Pros for metal roofing
- Properly installed metal roofs provide good protection from harsh weather conditions and can last a long time. Unlike asphalt, metal is also resistant to moss, algae, rot, as well as insects.
- Metal roofs are recyclable; hence, environmentally friendly. On the other hand, most wastes from asphalt roofs end up as part of the ever-increasing building-related waste stream.
- It is safer to have metal on your roof than asphalt. This is because metal is noncombustible and will never spark into a flame during lightning strikes or in the case of a faulty electrical wiring.
Cons for metal roofing
- Metal roofs are very expensive. For instance, copper metal roofing may cost as much as two times the cost of asphalt roofs. Therefore, not everybody can comfortably afford them.
- Metal roofs are also very noisy, especially during hailstorms and heavy rains. Insulation can be added during installation, but at an extra cost.
With that in mind, you can now choose the right material that will work best for your home. Don’t hesitate to get some professional help when it comes to installation and maintenance.