Why Metal Roofing Is Better Than Asphalt Shingles

Is your home in need of roof replacement, but you feel a bit overwhelmed with the different options for roofing material? Here is what you need to know about the differences between asphalt shingles and metal roofing material in a few key categories, and why metal roofing is the superior choice.


One thing that you may not realize about asphalt shingles is that they can be damaged quite easily. In fact, you can take an asphalt shingle and easily rip it in half with your hands if you could. This is not the case with a metal shingle, which is an incredibly durable roofing material. Metal may get a bit banged up over the years, but it is going to last a long time and give your home protection. 


The area you live will ultimately decide how long your roofing material will last on your home, with harsh weather conditions leading to the longevity of any roofing material being shortened. In general, you'll find that metal roofs can last twice as long as asphalt shingle roofs when you compare the two in the same climate conditions, making metal the better choice. 


While asphalt shingles are cheaper than metal roofing material, you must factor in the total cost of the roof over the years. You may save more on the first installation of asphalt shingles, but you'll need to replace the material much earlier than you would with metal. It would be a more fair comparison to compare the cost of two asphalt roof replacement with one metal roof replacement, since metal can last twice as long as asphalt material. 


Many people wrongly assume that metal roofing is going to be very heavy and that your roof may need reinforcement in order to handle the material. This is simply not true, since metal is a lightweight material that weighs less than asphalt shingles. The only time you ever need to be concerned about the weight of the roofing material is when you use natural stone like slate. Install metal roofing material and be worry free about needing reinforcement.

Environmental Benefits 

If you have concerns about the environment, know that metal roofing is often made from recycled material and can also be recycled when the material is removed. Meanwhile, asphalt shingles are more likely to end up in a landfill when you're finished with them. The reflective nature of metal roofing also leads to less heat transfer in your home during the summer, which cuts back on energy use to cool your home and is better for the environment as a result.

Contact your residential roofers today if you have more questions.