Asphalt Shingles vs Metal Roof: Which is Better?

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Asphalt Shingle vs Metal Roof: Which is Better?

When it comes to roofing materials, two options stand out among homeowners: traditional asphalt shingles vs a modern metal roof. Deciding between the two can be a tough call, as each has its own set of advantages and considerations. So, let’s dive into the comparison to help you make an informed decision for your home.

Comparing asphalt shingles to metal roof

Traditionally, asphalt has been a popular roofing material in New England because of its durability, affordability and ease of installation. It is available in various colors and textures to complement any home’s style while remaining reasonably priced. But recently, metal roofs have become more popular for northeast residential homes because of the newer styles and colors and it has a longer lifespan when compared to shingle roofs.

Cost

Asphalt shingles are typically more affordable upfront compared to metal roofs, making them a popular choice for budget-conscious homeowners. However, it’s essential to consider the long-term costs, including maintenance, repairs and eventual replacement.

According to the Cost vs. Value Report for the New England, the average cost to tear off and replace your asphalt roof is $34,537. The resale value is $20,741, giving you a return on investment of 60.1%. Again, this is the average and what you may pay be more or less depending on the type of shingles you choose and the total square footage of your home. But you won’t know the exact cost until a local roofing contractor comes out to inspect your roof and provide an estimate. 

Metal roofs have a higher initial cost than asphalt, they offer significant long-term savings due to their durability and energy efficiency. With minimal maintenance requirements and a longer lifespan, metal roofs can be a cost-effective investment in the long term.

Metal roofs can cost on average $500 to $1800 per square (100 square feet) compared to $120 to $400 per square for an asphalt shingle roof. Again, according to the Cost vs. Value Report for the New England, the average cost for a standing seam metal roof is $55,066 . The resale value is $26,004, giving you a return on investment of 47.2%. Now, keep in mind that this number is a general average that doesn’t account for different metal types, home or roof size, and other factors.

Appearance

Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of colors and styles, making it easy to find an option that complements your home’s architecture and personal taste. Asphalt can mimic wood, tiles and natural stone roofs. They offer a classic, traditional look that is familiar to most homeowners. But they can also provide depth to a shingle by including a range of brighter and darker particles within each shingle, giving it a three-dimensional or multicolored appearance.

Metal roofs now come in wide range of colors, styles, finishes and textures to match your home exterior. They are available in various profiles, including standing seam, corrugated and metal shingles, offering versatility in design. With virtually any color available, metal roofing can be shaped to resemble any roof material such as slate, tile, or wood shakes, providing a modern and sleek aesthetic to your home.

Durability

Asphalt shingles are known for their durability, with a lifespan ranging from 15 to 30 years depending on the quality of materials and installation. Some manufacturers also offer warranties of up to 50 years. They can withstand various weather conditions, including moderate winds and rain. However, they may be prone to damage from severe weather like hail or heavy storms.

Metal roofs have a lifecycle of more than 50 years and have warranties ranging from 30 to 50 years or more. A metal roof can withstand the worst weather conditions, including high winds, rainfall, snowfall, hail, frost and heat. It can even withstand fires and explosions. It’s one of the most non-combustible materials you can choose for the roof of your house.

Energy Efficiency:

Asphalt shingles tend to absorb heat, which can increase the temperature inside your home during hot summer months. While some asphalt shingles are available with reflective coatings to improve energy efficiency, they may not offer the same level of thermal performance as metal roofs.

Metal roofs are highly reflective, bouncing solar heat away from your home and reducing the need for air conditioning. This can lead to lower energy bills and increased comfort indoors, especially in warmer climates. Additionally, some metal roofing materials are ENERGY STAR® certified, further enhancing their energy efficiency credentials.

Installation and Maintenance

Asphalt shingles are easy to maintain but usually require more maintenance than metal roofing. Shingles are prone to wear and tear and can fall off the roof, lose granules, curl or buckle. Plus asphalt shingles are prone to mold and moss.

Metal roofing is a light material that is easier for professionals to transport and install on your home without causing structural harm to the roof. Metal roofs require less maintenance than asphalt, but this depends on the roof slope and installation quality. Check your metal roof for signs of damage, such as dents, scratches, and corrosion, and keep your roof clear of debris.

Regardless of the material, we recommend inspecting your roof at least once per year to check for any debris or damage that could cause a leak.

Pros and cons of asphalt shingles

Pros:

  • More attractive
  • Less expensive to repair
  • Affordable
  • Easier installation
  • Many styles and colors
  • Absorbs rain and hail sound

Cons:

  • Average lifespan
  • More prone to fire
  • Damage from harsh weather is a concern
  • Dark colors absorb heat
  • DIY installation may violate the manufacturer warranty

Pros and cons of metal roofs

Pros:

  • More durable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Energy efficient
  • Longer life span
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • More expensive than asphalt
  • Limited quality contractors
  • Difficult to repair
  • Noisy
  • Vulnerable to dents

Conclusion

The choice between asphalt shingles vs a metal roof will ultimately depend on your specific needs, preferences and budget. Both options offer distinct advantages and disadvantages, making it essential to weigh the factors that matter most to you.

Ultimately, whether you opt for asphalt shingles or metal roofing, investing in a high-quality installation by experienced professionals is key to ensuring your roof provides the protection and performance you need for years to come.

At Remodart, we understand that every homeowner’s needs are unique. That’s why we offer personalized consultations and expert guidance to help you make the best decision for your home. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing services and how we can help you achieve a durable, beautiful roof that stands the test of time.

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