Metal V. Asphalt Roofing Materials

The roof is one of the most important parts of a home, and keeping it in good shape should be a priority. There are many roofing materials on the market, and each has its pros and cons. In terms of longevity, some are far better than others, but when you take their price, looks, installation, and required maintenance under consideration, some choices that might not immediately seem like the most practical, end up being a perfect fit.


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Residential roofing companies are experiencing a boom in the metal roofing industry. Their growing popularity could be attributed to their durability, energy savings, fire resistance, and stylish characteristics. Along with the wide variety of materials, styles, and finishes, beyond the common standing seam profile, metal roofing systems have become a strong contender against the standard tile and asphalt roof.

Asphalt roofing is far less expensive than other roofing materials initially, but tend to require more maintenance and have shorter lifespans overall. Roofing repair costs can easily add up, especially as many regions of the country experience severe weather conditions. Asphalt shingles can also be a bit boring or repetitive, because every roof on the block looks the same.

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Some homeowners prefer the traditional roof styles and patterns of asphalt tile and shingle, but when investing in a new roof, one should not have to sacrifice longevity for personal style. Shake, tile, and slate are all alternatives to ultra-modern vertical panel, standing seam, and natural profiles.


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Asphalt roofing could last anywhere from 15 – 20 years with consistent inspections and maintenance. Metal roofing has the potential of lasting 40 – 50 years with minimal maintenance! Take a look at how metal and asphalt roofing compare to one another:

Asphalt shingles are petroleum based and are nearly impossible to recycle. Metal roofing is fully recyclable, and if replacing an asphalt roof, metal roofing can be installed over the asphalt eliminating waste.


Inexpensive asphalt usually results in a roof that becomes damaged from wind and storms. However, laminated shingles do offer added durability and are fairly effective  Metal roofing is extremely resistant to snow and ice formation and some materials can withstand up to 140 mile-per-hour winds. Metal materials may against extreme weather. also help lower air conditioning costs and are fireproof.
When purchasing asphalt, always buy at the higher end. Asphalt shingles have shorter life spans than many other roofing materials. 

Metal roofing tends to be a more expensive roofing option, but with a potential life-span of 40-70 years, you can expect a return on your investment.


Builders, roofers, and other leaders in the construction industry must consider the productivity of the materials used in each and every project. Different materials vary in their durability, sustainability, and appeal to customers. And when industry professionals invest in products that are both on-trend and long-lasting, customers are not only pleased, but bottom lines soar as well.

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