Asphalt vs. metal roofing - which is better? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Production builders will most likely say asphalt, while residential architects will throw their weight behind metal. On the other hand, many of the roofing contractors New Albany has to offer will tell you that metal is a better performer but asphalt is still king of the roofing world. So, where does this leave you?
The truth is that there is no simple answer to the question. Both materials have their own pros and cons. Understanding these differences is what will help you choose the right option for you. Following is a side-by-side comparison on how asphalt shingles and metal roofs fare in the different aspects of roofing.
Variety in Options
Asphalt shingles are a layered roofing material that is available in two main options. Fiberglass shingles, the popular of the two, features a fiberglass core that is covered by a layer of asphalt. Organic shingles in turn, have a heavy felt paper core underneath the asphalt layer. Both options have ceramic granules as the outermost layer. Organic and fiberglass shingles come in several design options, namely strip, dimensional, and luxury shingles. So, as far as variety in options is considered, asphalt shingles deliver.
The same goes for metal roofing.
Metal roofs are primarily made of aluminum and steel, where steel options require specialized treatment to prevent staining. Metal roofing also comes in copper, zinc, stainless steel, and titanium materials. As for the style options, you can choose between metal panel, shingles, stone coated steel tiles (or shingles), ribbed metal, and corrugated metal looks.
There is a reason why the average residential architect will recommend you use metal for your roof. An architect’s main concern is functionality, and metal roofs function exceptionally well. Metal is a resilient material that can live through some serious storms, hail, and other extremes of weather. Because of this, metal roofing’s lifespan is placed at 60 to 100 years or more. This is unlike asphalt shingles, which despite offering good uplift protection, can be damaged by severe weather (strong winds, hail, heavy rain, etc) as well as an accumulation of ice or snow on roof. Even an improperly ventilated attic space can shave years off an asphalt roof.
However, that is not to say that asphalt shingles are a poor choice for roofing material. Asphalt shingles have a good performance record that has seen this roofing material a popular choice among builders, roofing contractors, and homeowners for over 100 years. What’s more, in the event of damage from severe weather, asphalt shingles are easy to repair. So, an asphalt shingle roof can last between 15 to 30 years.
Both asphalt shingle and metal roofs are easy to maintain. Regular cleaning and checkups for damage is all that is needed to ensure both roofing materials live out their full promised use. In the event of damage, asphalt shingles are easier to repair than metal roofs. The upside to this however is the fact that metal roofs require repairs far less frequently.
For some metal roofs, maintenance will also include regular resealing of the material as well as re-tightening of the roof’s fasteners from time to time. Both of these jobs require the expertise of trained roofing contractors.
Metal roofs have a sleek, metallic appearance that does not do much to boost the aesthetics of your home. Even the more stylish options of metal shingles, corrugated metal, and stone-coated steel, which are a far improvement of the rustic look of metal panels (a.k.a standing seam), do not come close to the gorgeous look of asphalt shingles. What’s more, the fact that asphalt shingles come in varying designs as well as colors, ensures that the roofing material can match just about any style of home.
Asphalt shingles take the win on this round. Actually, the low cost of asphalt shingle is its biggest selling point and the reason why hundreds of millions of Americans live under an asphalt roof. A new asphalt shingle roof will save you 2 to 3 times what you would pay to get a new metal roof installed.
Ease of Installation
Asphalt shingles are the easiest roofing material to install. In fact, roofing contractors New Albany can strip a house of its old roofing material and re-roof it all in one day. The same cannot be said for metal roofs. Because of being a difficult and tedious material to work with, the installation of metal roofing can go for days. This despite the fact that some metal roofs can be installed over previous old roofing.
Asphalt shingles and metal roofing may be 2 very different materials, but after all is said and done; both would make a good investment for your home. Each roofing option has its allure. For asphalt shingles, the allure is that everything with this option is easy. The roofing material is easy to install, easy to maintain, easy on the eyes, and even easy on your wallet. Metal roofing on the other hand boasts of longevity that will make a new metal roof the last roof you will ever pay for in your lifetime. Unfortunately, this longevity comes at a very high price.
Do you go with asphalt shingles that offer economical value of affordability coupled with durability or metal roofing’s hefty price, which is backed up by superior performance? Ultimately, the choice is yours. Make your pick and give roofing contractors New Albany a call to ensure proper installation.