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How do I choose between a metal roof or asphalt shingles?

Your roofing is a crucial investment for your home as it protects your house from external factors, as is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of your property.

Therefore, choosing the right material for your roof is essential in protecting you and your family.

But how can you decide between a metal roof and asphalt shingles? Which one is more effective, affordable, and stronger? It certainly pays to do your research.

Learn more today with advice from our roof plumbers in Melbourne.


Which is better: a metal roof or shingles?

Two of the most popular roofing materials on offer are metal roofing and asphalt shingles.

Watermaster Roofing plumbers have not just done the research, but are qualified roof installation excerpts who can help you understand the differences of each, sharing the advantages metal roofing has over its more traditional counterpart.

Metal roofs are more modern

Asphalt shingles are a traditional home covering; as such, many homeowners prefer them or simply expect them to remain the norm today.

However, one thing more important than tradition is the quality.

Since metal roofs are a more advanced and innovative way of protecting your home, they are designed to a more contemporary standard.

Therefore, they are more efficient in protecting your home from damage, weather, and water.

Metal roofs are more eco-friendly

There are a number of reasons why metal roofing is more eco-friendly than shingles.

A primary reason is that metal is recyclable and many metal roofs are already made from recycled metal.

Your metal roof can be reused and appropriated but asphalt is made from gravel and petroleum which can’t be recycled and goes into landfill when removed.

On top of this, asphalt shingles may need to be replaced more frequently, as they are more susceptible to damage like cracks or breakage.

Metal roofs also act as better insulators than shingles as there are no vulnerable gaps in their design.

This means your air conditioning and heating will operate more efficiently when protected by a metal roof.

Metal roofs are more durable

Metal roofs are more durable, as they can avoid inflicting physical damage from things like branches, fences, and hail.

These obstacles get ricocheted against flexible metal instead of cracking, crumbling, and damaging your shingles.

Metal roofs can also last up to 50 years; shingles generally last for only 15-20 (and that doesn’t include periodic replacement).

Metal roofs are less likely to have leaks

Because of their size and way in which they are installed, asphalt shingles allow for water leaks as there are hundreds of tiny cavities on your roof.

Whereas, each side to a metal roof contains a unified layer of steel metal which doesn’t leave room for moisture and other unwanted compounds to leak through.

Water damage does a lot more harm to your roof and your home than you think.

In fact as roof plumbers, one of our primary roles is to prevent and protect against water damage from roof leaks.

When your ceiling is exposed to water, it can create viable conditions for bacteria and mould to grow.

Stagnant water can also weaken the rafting of your ceiling which damages your roof’s foundations, creating potential for your roof to collapse.

Bacteria and mould are also detrimental to your health, particularly if these nasties get into your HVAC system and start circulating bad air around your home.



Watermaster Roofing’s preferred metal roofing is COLORBOND. Explore all the colours on offer and reach out to our expert team if you’d like advice or want to organise an on-site consultation. Click here to see our colour swatches.

COLORBOND is Australia’s most popular metal roofing material brand, and a product that Watermaster Roofing wholeheartedly trusts and advocates for.

When considering the colour you want to use to install your new metal roofing, consider aspects like:

  • The colour of your gutters
  • The colour of your neighbours’ roofs
  • The material in which your home is constructed (brick, weatherboard, etc.)
  • The size – your roof is the largest and most dominant part of your home

Who can assess or replace my current roof for me?

Watermaster Roofing are roofing experts in Melbourne who can help

If you’re interested in roof installation in Melbourne, we invite you to get in touch with the Watermaster Roofing team today.

We can provide general advice and can also schedule an on-site inspection where we can assess the current state of your roof and help you understand our recommendations and all your options.

Our roof installation team also includes qualified plumbers, so we can help you out with all sorts of problems related to your pipes, gutters, or other roof plumbing issues.

Call us today to learn more or to book an inspection on 1300 576 075.

Alternatively, request a quote here. We look forward to hearing from you!

2022-05-25T07:24:16+00:00 February 25th, 2022|Metal roofing|

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