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Metal Roofing Vs Asphalt Roofing

Contractor putting on asphalt roofing

The roof is the initial defense against the wind, rain and other elements. A leaky roof can be extremely stressful for every member of the household. If installed properly, roofs will last for a very long time. The roof should be installed by a skilled and licensed contractor and superior quality materials should be used. Metal roofs are more costly than asphalt and asphalt roofs are easier to install when compared to their metal counterparts. Below is an exploration of metal vs. asphalt roofing, with a view to highlight the differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each:

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Asphalt shingles are actually the most commonly used kind of roofing material. When compared to metal roofing, asphalt shingles:

  • Supreme three-tab shingles from Owens Corning can be seen on this house.Have greater color range
  • Work well on roofs with steep slopes
  • Less Expensive
  • Can be installed by a professional crew in a single day
  • Are a lot easier to work with
  • Do not contract and expand in temperature extremes
  • Can be directly installed on top of the roof deck
  • Available in a many different sizes

Metal Roofs

For many years metal roofs have been too expensive for a number of homeowners to afford. These days, metal roofing is a lot more affordable and the advancement of technology has enabled manufacturers to make metal roofing that mimics the look of an asphalt roof. Below are some of the benefits of installing a metal roof:

  • Extreme longevityA red Metal Roof from Everlast Roofing can be seen on this house and garage.
  • Available in a variety of patterns and colors
  • No longer requires soldering on installation
  • Comes in many colors and patterns
  • It is recyclable
  • Saves on homeowner insurance
  • Fireproof
  • Excellent insulation properties that reduce the cost of utilities
  • Harder to develop leakage when compared to asphalt roofing
  • Saves on roof maintenance
  • Longer term warranties

Metal VS Asphalt Roofing: The Comparison

As it relates to longevity, metal roofing is far more superior. Metal roofing add value to the property, making it a good investment when it comes to saleability. In addition, manufacturers guarantee most metal roofs for between 30 and 50 years; this type of roof will quite easily last throughout the lifetime of the house. On average, asphalt shingles last for 17 years; however, in comparison to metal roofing, they are a lot less expensive and easier to install. In the roofing industry, technology has come a long way and has improved the longevity of asphalt roofing shingles; the fiberglass shingles are considered to be the most superior of the lot. Dollar for dollar, the metal roof is the more superior of the two.


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