Wood shingles, though look beautiful, need a lot of maintenance and over a period it begins to decay.
Clay roofs are also used as alternatives but in time, the tiles crack specially in very cold regions when it goes through a period of freezing and then thawing.
Metal roofs on the other hand lasts a lifetime. They are technologically innovative and look elegant and beautiful.Now this is what our home is for: To protect us from heat and cold, rain and storm. Metal roof will not split or mold or crack.
Almost all roofing systems have passed the wind uplifting tests. In USA, these tests are rigorous and some tests like UL580, requires the metal roof to withstand wind speed of about 120 miles per hour. Most builders incorporate a four way locking system for the roofing to stay firm. Moreover, these metal roofing systems also carry warrantee against chipping, fading etc. Metal roofs come in vivid attractive colors now days.
Currently metal roofing prices can range from 3.50$ to 11$. Hence for a100 sq. ft. which is equal to a roofing square it can cost between 350$to 1100$. The average median would range from 600 to 750$ with interlocking system per roofing sq. ft. for material and labor. One can always negotiate metal roofing prices, because in any consumer market prices are negotiable.
Most of the metal roofs come with life time warranty. It is durable and also light in weight.
Aluminum is the most favored among metal roofing materials.
Steel roof shingles are the most durable and can last about 70 years or more. They are however heavy. In olden day copper was also one among the metal roofing materials. Copper is very expensive and hence steel and aluminum became the most popular metal roofing materials.
Metal has the property to reflect the solar heat back into the atmosphere and hence saves the building from gaining heat. This means reduced electricity bills. Metal roofs are sustainable and long lasting. They have excellent resistance against any weather and are almost corrosion free. Next time you want to change your roof let it be a metal roof.