Fiberglass composition asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in use today. Many consumers are unaware of the alternatives that better suit their needs and budgets. It's important to consider roofing options before selecting the one that clearly outperfroms the others. Here we explore asphalt shingles versus Gerard roofing systems, a superior alternative, to help you understand why it is the best choice for your next roofing project.
How to improve the look and durability of your home.
Both fiberglass composition asphalt shingles and metal roofing shingles by Gerard are available in many types and colors. The appeal and color versatility of asphalt shingles can be attributed to their exterior colored stone chips. However, asphalt shingles scar easily in the heat and the paint is vulnerable to chipping, limiting the time homeowners can enjoy the look of their new asphalt shingle roof. In contrast, Gerard roofing systems are more durable and have the dimensional look of tile and shake.
Gerard roofing shingles and shakes also are stone-coated for aesthetic appeal. Unlike asphalt shingles and their mediocre paint application, Gerard's top-quality materials and intricate process of applying its coatings, provide homeowners with a long-lasting roofing system and other significant benefits, such as paint wear prevention, UV protection and more.
How do the prices of these materials compare?
Typical asphalt shingle roofing systems have lower purchase and installation costs than metal roofing systems. However, comparing low-grade asphalt shingles with the quality of Gerard steel shingles by price alone is not a valid comparison. Architectural fiberglass composition shingles are the more dimensional and better-built asphalt option, and would be a more accurate comparison to Gerard's Granite Ridge steel shingles in price. However, Gerard steel shingles consistently outperform asphalt architectural shingles in all categories. These high-end fiberglass asphalt shingles still pose the same problems as their lower grade counterparts, but come with a higher price tag. In fact, the presence of asphalt shingles (of any kind) is often a detriment to homeowners during negotiations to resell their home. With metal roofing systems, homeowners save maintenance and replacement expenses they would have had with asphalt shingle roofs, and lower their energy costs. Moreover, homeowners with Gerard roofing systems can be confident that their property values will increase rather than decrease as a result of choosing lower performing asphalt roofing alternatives.