If you are simply looking at initial cost, then the cheapest roofing material on the market is asphalt shingles. In terms of overall costs, asphalt shingles have hidden costs that can make them more expensive to use in the long run. When you compare asphalt shingles to metal panels, you will find that although metal comes with a higher initial cost, you end up saving money in the long run. 

Lifespan and Durability of Asphalt Shingles 

No matter how much you wish it were true, no roofing material will last forever. The best you can do is find a roofing material that will last for a good, long time. Asphalt shingles will last for about twenty years, sometimes less. Moreover, shingles are susceptible to wind and hail damage. Even if you just barely put a new shingle roof on your house, a windstorm can sweep through and wreak havoc. Thus, when you buy shingles, you need to be on the lookout for signs of damage and be financially prepared to pay for repairs when necessary. Moreover, you need to make sure that you are ready to pay for a new roof in a couple of decades or less. 

The Durability and Longevity of Metal Panels

Typically, when you install a metal roof on your house, you will install long metal panels, which have to be fastened to your roof with special screws. Once these panels are in place, there are no flaps to catch the wind, and the screws will make the roof more secure than the nails that hold shingles in place. Furthermore, metal is more durable than the asphalt and tarpaper that asphalt shingles are composed of. Thus, when you put a metal roof on your house, you are installing a roof that should hold up to adverse weather. As for the lifespan of a metal roof, a galvanized steel roof will last for sixty years, and a copper roof can last for well over a hundred years. 

Although a metal roof will cost a little bit more than an asphalt-shingle roof to install, you are getting more durability and longevity for your money. You should have a roof that will last for sixty years with very little need for repairs or maintenance. Thus, if you want to buy some peace of mind and freedom from expensive replacement and repair costs, buying a metal roof is the better choice. 

For more information, contact a business such as Holzer & Jesko Quality Exteriors LLC.