Over the last few years, Austin metal roofing has proven popular with homeowners and business owners alike. Since it’s completely different from the average shingle roof, it overcomes issues that have been par for the course in roofing for many years.
Austin metal roofing gives you the opportunity to choose a roof that lasts longer, makes your home more energy efficient, and looks beautiful. With other roofing materials, you might find yourself choosing between those perks and settling for just one.
Recently, the team at Longhorn Roofing has received questions about slate roofs as an alternative to metal. While slate does have unusual benefits, metal roofing still comes out on top (figuratively and literally!)
Let’s take a look:
1. Metal Roofing Lasts Nearly as Long as Slate
Longevity is the major selling point for a slate roof. There’s no doubt about the fact that it can last for a very long time. The average slate roof can be expected to last 100 years. The average amount of time a home is owned is only 30 years, however. With metal roofing, you can expect 50 to 75 years of service with occasional maintenance. And, yes, some will last a century.
2. Slate is Much More Expensive than Metal
Depending on its weight, place of origin, and the steps needed to install it, a slate roof can be twice as expensive as a metal one – or even more. Austin metal roofing compares favorably in price with almost any option you care to name. Only the most basic shingle roofs represent a big savings over metal, and you’ll often spend that money on future maintenance.
Speaking of which ...
3. Maintenance is a Mess With Slate Roofs
Most roofing companies don’t know much about how to maintain a slate roof. That can even mean they have trouble installing them correctly. Unfortunately, homeowners can pay dearly for their mistakes. Because slate is so brittle, walking on it the way you might with a shingle or metal roof can cause serious damage. Although it is fireproof, it’s prone to other issues.
4. Metal Wins With Better Energy Efficiency
Slate is as natural as can be, so you might think it’s a good “green” building material. When it comes to saving the planet and saving money, though, metal is the hands down winner. That’s because Austin metal roofing reflects a huge amount of solar energy throughout the day. That keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with less stress on your air conditioner.
When they get all the facts, most Austin homeowners agree: Metal roofing beats the alternatives. It saves you money both on your electric bills and your future maintenance. The variety of metal roofing colors and styles is expanding every year, so it can also suit the look you want.
Getting a modern roof for your home has never been easier thanks to Austin metal roofing from the pros. To find out more or get started, contact Longhorn Roofing today.