Asphalt vs. Metal Roofing

It may seem like a simple question to answer because there’s a lot of information out there about both roofing materials. Both metal and asphalt roofs have their advantages and disadvantages. They both have the capability to protect your home for a long time, providing it with the coverage that it needs. Homeowners want to get the best value for their money with a new room, so our team has written a blog to help break down the differences between the two materials.
Asphalt Roof

The most popular roofing material used in the United States today, asphalt roofing is made of layers of cellulose, glass fibers, and granules. Typically, asphalt shingles come in a three-tab form but also come in laminated and architectural styles. They are all installed using roofing nails.

  • Appearance: Today, asphalt roofing comes in many different colors and styles, making it versatile and able to mimic the look of less durable materials. It can complement or contrast with any color home.
  • Cost: Asphalt roofing shingles are one of the most affordable roofing options because they’re affordable and a good deal for the money.
  • Lifespan: A typical asphalt roof lasts about 15 to 20 years, but if done with a more advanced or heavy-duty shingle, they can even last 30 years or more. 
Pros
  • Impact-resistant to be able to stand up to hail and other New England weather
  • Durable and long-lasting with low maintenance
  • Neat and elegant look
  • Energy Efficient during the winter by absorbing heat and warming your home

Cons
  • In the summer, your roof can absorb too much heat making it warm
  • Less durable than metal

Not all asphalt shingles are created equally, make sure you select one with the necessary resistances.
Metal Roof
Metal roofs consist of metal shingles that are installed using screws. The most popular type of roof is a standing seam roof, which consists of a collection of metal trim & panels. 

  • Appearance: Metal roof shingles come in a range of colors and styles, including tile, shingle, panel, and ribbed. 
  • Cost: In comparison to other roofing types, metal can be a bit more expensive initially 
  • Lifespan: Metal roofs can last up to 70 years after their installation
Pros
  • Highly resistant to elements, pests, and mold
  • Minimizes energy efficiency and helps reduce cost
  • Lightweight
  • Durable and long-lasting with low maintenance  
Cons
  • If installed incorrectly, it can limit the efficiency benefits
  • May not be accepted in some areas, especially if there is a homeowner’s association in your area.

Both options can be great; it’s typically a choice of preference depending on your home, and the home’s in your neighborhood. With proper installation and high-quality materials, metal and asphalt roofs can both last for the entirety that you live in your home. They can both protect your home and keep you safe with little to no maintenance. If you’re interested in installing a new metal of asphalt roof, contact our team to get started today.

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