Asphalt Shingles vs. Metal Roofs: A Comparison
Two of the most popular types of roofing on the market today are asphalt shingles and metal roofing. There are numerous reasons for this, but it can basically summed up in affordability, quality of construction, lots of design and style options, and the level of protection that each type of material can provide for your family. There are, however, some distinct differences between the two that sets them apart. Ultimately it comes down to preference. But the more you know about these unique materials, the smarter your decision will as to which one is best for your home. Let the New England Roofing Contractors at Precision Roofing LLC give you some tips:
A key question as a homeowner is how long will the roof last now that it’s up there. This is where you’ll find a stark contrast between asphalt shingles and metal roofs. Metal is the clear winner with an average lifespan of anywhere from 30 years to 70 years. Keep in mind that this all depends on geographical conditions and the type of metal you invest in, but even the lowest quality metal, which is considered aluminum, can still hold up for roughly 35 years without breaking a sweat.
But don’t count asphalt shingles out. Their durability is rather impressive with an average lifespan of 20-25 years. When you consider the low cost of installation, asphalt shingles still compete with metal. Asphalt is made of extremely sturdy materials that are heat and cold resistant, and provide great wind defense.
Over time even the most well built roofs will need ongoing maintenance and care. Both asphalt shingles and metal require regular cleanings and inspections in order to determine their overall condition. It is recommended that you have your roof professionally cleaned annually and inspected every 3-5 years. This will help you maintain your roof.
Metal Roofs require less maintenance than shingles. This is because they are made of large slats that are assembled using hidden fasteners. With unmatched durability also comes lower maintenance needs. Asphalt shingles do not suffer from wear and tear as much as they do from being blown away by high winds or washed away by excessively heavy rains. This isn’t a product defect so much as it is an installation issue. Missing shingles are almost inevitable, however, and will occur from time to time.
Design and Style
Back in the day shingles looked like shingles, and metal looked like metal – and nothing else. Modern roofing, however, has drastically changed, and today, there are far more options available to you for getting a certain design, pattern or texture, from both asphalt and metal.
Thanks to technology you can have your metal roof custom designed to look like wood, stone, or clay. It’s also possible to get metal roof designs that actually resemble asphalt shingles (the irony). Metal roofing, can also be painted in just about any color like in order to match any architectural style.
With asphalt shingles you can get a little more creative and decorative. What sets asphalt shingles a part is that they have a natural elegance to them that metal may not be able to match. There are more varied colors than ever. Asphalt can perfectly match your vinyl siding for a cohesive exterior look for your home.