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Asphalt Shingles Vs. Metal Roofing: Which Is Better?

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While it may not seem like it at first, a homeowner's choice of roofing materials is a very personal decision. A decision has to be carefully made based on the home's style, the owner's style, and the durability of the roofing material.

One of the most popular types of roof shingles is the asphalt shingle. Four out of every five American homes use asphalt shingles on their roof. However, metal roof installation has also been seeing some popularity. Which one, then, is considered the better option for your home or business's roofing?

Pros and cons of asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing shingle because they can last anywhere between 20 to 50 years. With 100 years in the home building industry, it's also one of the most popular materials used among roofing services and commercial roofing installers. Asphalt's key selling point is its economic value. These shingles cover about 100 square feet on the average roof and can cost anywhere between $80 to $100 a square.

This makes it easier on your bank account should one of your shingles be damaged in a storm. The cheaper price and ease of replacement makes it easy to maintain both for roofing contractors and for you the customer. Additionally, you don't have to worry about your roof failing to match the style of your home. You can choose asphalt shingles that look like slate or wood. You can also choose from a number of colors and high-end laminates.

However, asphalt shingles do come with some cons. For the homeowner who chooses to use the standard asphalt option without any additional colors, the single gray appearance can have a drab aesthetic. For that reason, asphalt shingles are an unpopular choice in commercial roofing applications. They also don't fare too well in severe weather. Finally, these shingles are actually banned in many European countries for fire safety purposes.

Pros and cons of metal roof installation

Metal roofs are available in two primary types of styles: interlocking shingles and vertical panels. These roofs can last up to 60 years with proper maintenance. On top of that, metal roofing is incredibly lightweight; it weighs only 50 pounds per square at the least and 250 pounds per square at the most.

With a metal roof installation, you wouldn't have to worry about your roof during severe weather either. Metal roofs last well through high winds, heavy rainfall, hail, and are also fireproof. An added bonus is this roofing material's energy efficiency and ability to be recycled.

However, metal roofing's longevity and durability come at a price; they are typically three times the cost of asphalt roofing. Additionally, they can have a more industrial appearance and are notorious for contracting and expanding in temperature changes. This can make it difficult for metal roofs to keep rain away as effectively as flat roofs or slate shingles.

Which is the best choice?

When it comes down to it, asphalt shingles and metal roofing are both great choices. While that may not have been the answer you were looking for, it's the truth. With proper maintenance and care, you can keep any roof lasting as long as possible in any weather. It all boils down to the customer's personal style and budget. For more information regarding roof installation and what type of shingle may work best in your climate and your home, contact local roofing contractors for a quote.

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