Aluminum Roofing Shingles

The use of aluminum roofing shingles borrows from knowledge gained in the highly technical and scientific aerospace industry. Its durability, light weight and longevity make it superior to other metals. Aluminum roofing shingles are a cost-effective, highly practical and attractive choice for new and existing buildings.

Environmentally friendly

Aluminum roofing shingles are 100% recyclable and are often produced using recycled material. They will reflect the sun's heat in summer and reflect it back in from inside, during the winter. This improved energy efficiency means you'll enjoy significant savings on cooling and heating costs. When the time comes - after many decades - to deconstruct the roof, your shingles will not contribute to landfill because they can be recycled all over again.

Advantages over other materials

Aluminum doesn't require any structural reinforcement, as do heavier materials like tile and slate. It won't split or dry and is not vulnerable to predatory insects, unlike wood. It's superior to fiberglass and asphalt composition products because it doesn't curl, lift, dry out or enable growth of mildew or fungus.

Aluminum roofing shingles will not rust either - even if scratched - as is the case with corrugated steel, so it's perfect for areas where rain is frequent. The product will stand up to hailstorms, and during winter, snow will literally slide off. This means prevention of hazardous ice buildup on the eves, which inevitably causes leaks in other kinds of roofing. Wind is also a minimal consideration as the shingles are nailed down and interlocked on all four sides with neighboring shingles. They are secured into the flashings around all of the roof's edges.

Suits almost any architectural style

Good looks are important in roofing. After all, your roof is your home's crowning glory and is hardly avoidable when looking from the street. Aluminum roofing shingles are available in a wide range of colors, and the appearance lends itself to just about any architectural style of home.

Longevity

Owners of homes that have featured aluminum roofing shingles for forty years say that their roof will probably outlast them!

Safety

Fully supported by the roof's sheeting, aluminum roofing shingles can be walked on without risk of personal injury. The shingles are installed directly over the tarpaper and plywood sheeting so even noise from hail or rain is minimized significantly.

Cost Savings

Initially, savings are to be made even at installation stage. Since aluminum roofing shingles can be installed over existing ones, there is no need to pay for the removal of the old ones. Its ease to work with onsite means low labor costs during construction. Over the course of many decades, a roof made of this material is so low maintenance that there is no need to repaint, refinish, repair or replace.

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Roofing Materials Comparison