Asphalt vs. Metal Roofing

There is a significant amount of misinformation out there regarding asphalt roofing and metal roofing. Homeowners interested in getting a roofing system may be wondering, of the two, which is the better option for them to have installed. Both roof types have their advantages and disadvantages. Both provide home coverage and protection and are long-lasting. When buying roofing for installation, you want to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money. Of asphalt and metal roofing, which is better?  

Asphalt Roof

Made up of layers of different materials, an asphalt roof is the most popular roofing. These layers include underlayment, ice and water barrier, drip edge, shingles, roof cap, flashing, and roof vents. Asphalt shingles come in the standard three-tab (most common type), as well as laminated and architectural. You can tell them apart based on their distinct layered make-up. Fiberglass asphalt shingles consist of a fiberglass core that is covered with a layer of asphalt, while organic asphalt shingles have a heavy, felt layer beneath the asphalt. Asphalt roofs are installed using nails.
  • Appearance: Asphalt roof can be done in a variety of colors that may look like wood (e.g. slate, cedar shake); asphalt shingles vary in color, making it possible for your roof to complement the wall paint or brick of your home.
  • Cost: According to Home Advisor, before installation, the average cost of asphalt shingles roofing runs $60-$90 per square, while installation and materials cost ranges between $2,000 to $10,000.
  • Lifespan: The lifespan that you can expect out of an asphalt roof is roughly 15 to 20 years, although heavier or laminated materials can last between 25 and 30 years.
  • Energy-efficient during winter, absorbing heat and warming the home
  • Impact-resistant
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Traditional and elegant look
  • Summertime heat absorption can make the house hot
  • Not as durable as metal
  • Standard types are vulnerable to the elements and can grow algae and moss

Metal Roof

Metal roofs use metal shingles and have similarities to asphalt roofs. The most common type of metal roof installed today is a standing seam roof, which consists of a collection of metal trim parts and metal panels. Screws are used in the installation of standing seam metal roofs, which must be done on an entirely flat surface to prevent water puddling and premature roof failure.
  • Appearance: Metal roof shingles are available in a variety of colors and styles (tile, shingle, panel, ribbed), even non-metal appearance to complement your home
  • Cost: The average cost of a metal roof is $100-$200 per square before installation, and between $4,500 and $11,500 installation and materials included.
  • Lifespan: Metal roof can last for roughly 40-70 years.
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Resistant to the elements
  • High energy efficiency; capable of minimizing energy consumption during the summertime
  • Water-resistant and lightweight
  • Capable of raising resale value and producing a high ROI (return on investment)
  • Poor installation can limit high efficiency
  • May require underlayment and plywood framing
  • May not be ideal in suburban areas
  • Inevitable metal corrosion
Asphalt roofing is the superior choice because it’s more durable and has more longevity than metal roofing. It’s cost-effective, visually appealing, and creates an elegant appearance to any home. It’s roofing you can depend on to protect you in your home. Hire qualified professionals to install your new roof today.

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