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When it comes to installing a new roof, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options available.

Asphalt shingle roofs have long been the dominant choice for residential homes, but more recently, metal roofing has gained popularity. Metal shingles, metal panels, and other metal roofing options that mimic tile, wood, slate, and even asphalt can make it incredibly difficult to choose the best for your home.

Both options have their own list of advantages and disadvantages. So before you decide on a roof and make a long-term investment, make a comparison: metal roof vs. shingles.

Is a metal roof better than shingles?

First, let’s be clear that both materials – asphalt shingles and metal roofing – are great options for residential roofs. Both protect your home and should last for many years. However, one or the other may be better suited to your needs and preferences.

Asphalt shingles remain the most popular material for residential roofing and come in a variety of colors and textures. Standard three-tab shingles are the most common, but laminated and architectural asphalt shingles are also available. A matting or fiberglass core, an asphalt coating and a stone or ceramic surface make for an extremely durable shingle.

Alternatively, metal roofs are usually light, durable and energy efficient. It also comes in a variety of designs, making for a versatile and therefore appealing product. But what are their specific advantages and disadvantages – and which roof is best for your home?

Pros and cons: metal roof against shingles

Advantages of asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are usually considered the most visually appealing roofing option. They offer color and texture in a variety of options so you can easily find a style that will suit your home. Some options can even resemble wooden surfaces. They most likely coincide with the other houses in your neighborhood and are a perfect match for your home.

Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to work on and install. They also absorb heat, which makes your home warm in winter and makes your home more energy efficient in the colder months of the year.

Disadvantages of asphalt shingles

All of the asphalt shingles roofing options come in dark tones due to the color of the surface granules, and the consistency that asphalt shingles achieve with other homes in your neighborhood is considered boring for some. Most builders stick to standard colors and textures as these are inexpensive.

While asphalt shingles are easy to install, DIY installation can void the product warranty. Since asphalt shingles absorb heat, they are a disadvantage in the hot summer months. Asphalt shingles are recyclable, but they usually end up in landfills. Because they contain some toxic chemicals, they are considered harmful to the environment.

Asphalt shingles typically last around 15 to 20 years, although heavier, laminated versions can last in excess of 50 years. While this is a solid lifespan, when comparing metal roofs to shingles, metal roofing will last much longer.

Advantages of metal roofs

Metal roofs offer a wide range of color and style options to suit any home. There are products to imitate non-metallic materials such as tiles, panels – even wood and asphalt.

Metal roofs are usually light and easy to work with. In addition, it is energy efficient, particularly in reducing energy consumption in the hot summer months, and is made from recycled materials. Metal roofs can also last between 40 and 70 years.

Disadvantages of metal roofs

Metal roofs tend to be much more expensive than asphalt shingles. If installed incorrectly, their efficiency is nowhere near as high and it is difficult to install them yourself. Metal roofs often require a plywood frame underneath, which requires professional installation.

Some metal roofs are harder to work with and can cause skin damage if improperly handled or without the right gloves.

Metal roof vs. shingles comparison

When comparing the cost of metal roofing and shingles, it becomes clear that asphalt shingles are cheaper. However, metal roofing can last twice as long so it really suits your specific needs and preferences. Is a metal roof better than shingles for you and your home, or would shingles do the job?

Do you need an expert for your roof project?

Whether you are interested in the energy efficiency of a metal roof or the classic design of a shingle roof, trust Long Roofing for your roof replacement. They specialize in replacing metal and asphalt shingle roofs, using only the best products on the market.

Call 866-270-7058 or visit online for a quote, schedule a free home consultation, or find answers to your roofing questions!

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