2 Alternatives To Using Asphalt Shingles

Posted on: 29 June 2017

Replacing your home's roof? If so, you'll need to make a decision about what kind of roofing material you should use. You can stick with the traditional asphalt shingles that are currently on your home, or you can switch to a different material that can be a much better fit. Before you rush into a decision you should know about these two alternatives to traditional asphalt shingles.


A metal roof has the potential to last longer than you'll ever stay in your home, with it having a lifespan between 20-60 years. This means that metal will be the last roof you will have to purchase.

When people think of metal roofing they often envision the sheet metal style material that you would find on a shed. Metal is actually quite versatile, and can be designed to match the look of your home's exterior due to a variety of colors and styles. It is even possible to manufacture metal roofing so it looks like other materials, like wood shakes. Metal roofing also can have a variety of finishes, which include a matte or shiny finish.

Metal is often preferred because of energy efficiency, especially in warm climates. Metal has the capability to reflect heat when it is hot outside and absorb heat during the winter.

In terms of protection, metal roofing can outperform asphalt singles when it comes to water absorbency. A metal roof will reflect water off it without the material absorbing moisture, and snow will slide off that material in the winter due to the smooth surface. Metal will resist mildew and mold too, which is great for homes that currently have this problem with asphalt.


A polyurethane foam is sprayed directly on your roof in a liquid form, which will harden in a matter of seconds once applied. Polyurethane foam is often applied to existing roofing material, with the foam capable of getting into crevices to prevent leaks. The foam expands in the crack to fight a tight seal, which prevents water from getting in.

Polyurethane foam is a lightweight material, which makes it ideal for any roof. It acts as an insulator which provides great energy efficiency and lowers utility bills throughout the year. Fixing a polyurethane roof is as easy as applying more of the foam to the area that was damaged.

Need help deciding if either of these materials are for you? Reach out to a local roofing contractor for a consultation.