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The majority of homes have asphalt roofs. This is because asphalt roofing materials are generally the most affordable roofing option available on the market. While asphalt roofs certainly get the job done, you may want roofing materials that can last longer and are easier to maintain. If this is the case, talk to your Bergen County roofing contractor to see if a metal roof may be a good option for your home.

Metal roofs have a number of benefits that asphalt roofs do not have. Since they are lighter in weight than asphalt shingles, they do not put as much stress on your home's structure, especially when it snows. These roofs are also extremely durable. The standing seams prevent water from entering through the roof, keeping the cost of repairs down as long the roof receives proper maintenance. These roofs are so durable that they can actually last up to 70 years or more. They also resist impact damage caused by hail and are generally wind resistant.

These roofs also tend to be safer than asphalt roofs. They will not spark or ignite if lightning strikes them or if a fire starts somewhere in the neighborhood. Since these roofs actually reflect heat, they also can save homeowners money in the long run by lowering cooling costs by approximately 25 percent.

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Finally, metal roofs are extremely environmentally friendly. Many metal roofs are made from recycled materials that would otherwise have gone into landfills. Even if they reach the end of their life cycle, they can always be recycled once again and become something else.

As with all roofing materials, there are a few drawbacks that should be considered when it comes to purchasing and installing a metal roof. The largest drawback is that they can cost more than most asphalt shingle roofs. However, this is generally the upfront cost. By the time the metal roof ages, you will have likely replaced your roof four or more times. Additionally, poor installation or poorly made materials may cause water to pool on the roof or leak into the home. This is why you should talk to a roofer about a quality metal roof before signing up for one.

Ultimately, installing a metal roof can save you money in the long run. However, be sure to talk to your trusted roofing contractor about all the advantages and drawbacks to ensure a metal roof is right for you.

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