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Are Metal Roofs Better Than Shingles?

Every roofing material has its pros and cons, but when it comes to asphalt shingles vs. metal roofing, which is the better choice? For most homeowners and commercial buildings, the answer comes down to a matter of personal preference. However, there are some key differences between these two roofing materials that can help you make a more informed decision.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for residential roofing in the United States due to their low cost and easy installation. Metal roofing is growing in popularity, however, due to its longevity and energy-saving properties. So, which is the better choice for your home? Here’s a comparison of asphalt shingles vs. metal roofing to help you decide.

Asphalt Shingles Are More Affordable

Asphalt shingles are typically 20-30% cheaper than metal roofing, making them a more budget-friendly option for many homeowners.

Metal Roofing Is More Durable

While the initial cost of metal roofing is higher, it’s important to consider the long-term savings you’ll enjoy with a metal roof. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years, while asphalt shingles need to be replaced every 15-20 years.

Shingles have vulnerabilities, so they do not last as long. For example, if water pools or it’s constantly damp, algae and fungus can grow. Also, ice dams forming can create cracks, and big differences in temperature between day and night shorten a shingle roof’s lifespan.

Metal roofing is also more resistant to wind, fire, and hail damage, making it a wise choice for homeowners in areas prone to severe weather. For additional protection against heavy snowfall, we recommend installing a snow guard over your metal roof.

If the area you live in is very susceptible to heavy rain, we also recommend you double-check that your metal roof has the right type of gutter that can handle higher volumes of rainwater.

However, a metal roof is vulnerable to dents from large hailstones or falling branches, as well as improper walking on the roof.

Asphalt Shingles Are Easier to Install

Asphalt shingles are lighter and easier to work with, making them a simpler roofing material to install. Metal roofs are more difficult to install, and therefore require more labor, which will increase the cost of your roofing project. More specialized tradesmen are needed for metal installations because they are more precise and require less room for error. Consequently, the job won’t move as quickly as a shingle installation.

Metal Roofs Are More Energy-Efficient

Metal roofs reflect heat, which can help keep your home cooler in the summer and reduce your energy costs. In fact, studies have shown that a metal roof can save you up to 40% on your cooling costs in the summer, especially when combined with proper metal roof insulation.

Metal Roofs Are More Eco-friendly

Metal roofs are more sustainable than asphalt shingles because they’re made of recycled materials and can be recycled again. Metal roofs are more energy-efficient than other roofing types because their reflective qualities prevent heat from being transmitted into the home.

By using specialized paint coatings, you can lower your cooling costs. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles need to be replaced more often than metal roofs; almost 20 billion pounds of old asphalt shingles are taken to U.S landfills every year. In addition, since asphalt shingles are made from petroleum products, if we want to avoid depending too much on fossil fuels, that is another argument for choosing metal roofing.


So, which is the better choice—asphalt shingles or metal roofing? It depends on your individual needs and preferences. Asphalt shingles are more affordable and easier to install, while metal roofing is more durable and energy-efficient. If you’re looking for a sustainable roofing option, metal roofing is the way to go. Ultimately, the best roofing material for your home will be the one that meets your needs and budget. If you want to get proper advice from a professional roofing company, contact Davis Roofing to discuss your roofing options and get a free estimate.


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