Metal vs Asphalt Shingle Roofing

May 19, 2021Asphalt Shingle Roofing, Blog, Metal Roofing

Picking a roofing material for your home can be overwhelming. There are so many materials, styles, and designs to choose from; it’s hard to know which one is right for you.

Asphalt shingles and metal roofing are two of the most popular roofing materials for homeowners across the country. They offer incredible benefits for your home, but they also have their unique downfalls.

This article will break down how the two materials measure up against each other and decide which one is better suited for your home!



Asphalt shingle roofing systems are much more affordable than metal roofing systems. This is because asphalt shingle roofs cheaper to install, repair as well as replace. The metal roofing material is probably considered one of the pricier roofing options on the market. However, you would most likely repair and replace an asphalt roof more often than you would a metal roof.

Metal roofs are highly durable and are exceptionally weather resistant. So depending on your budgeting tactic, an asphalt roof is affordable in the short term, whereas a metal roof makes more financial sense in the long term.


Environmental Impact

You may be wondering what will happen to all that asphalt shingle waste. Well, 12 million tonnes end up in landfills across the country every year!

However, there has been a demand for recycled asphalt in the road and paving industry, as well as the introduction of recycled asphalt shingles in the roofing industry. However, these recycled asphalt shingles make up a small percentage of the amount of asphalt shingle waste produced.

Metal roofing panels are usually made from recycled metal, and once they’ve reached the end of their lifespan, they can be recycled once again. Metal roofing systems also help homeowners reduce energy consumption by reflecting sunlight away from homes during the summer months – leading to less air conditioner use. This means your home stays cooler than when covered in other types of roofing materials like asphalt or wood shingle roofs that absorb heat more quickly and require increased amounts of AC during the hot summers.


Design Options

Both roofing materials afford homeowners a wide variety of style and design options. As a result, homeowners have the freedom to style their homes according to their preferences and add significantly to their curb appeal.

Every year Owens Corning spotlights a new shingle color, giving insight to homeowners on how to style and color their roofing systems and match them to the fixtures and design of their homes.

When installing a metal roof, homeowners have the freedom to choose between the rich browns of a copper roofing system, the elegance of a stone-coated metal roof, or apply whichever roof coating color they desire.


For more information on the advantages and disadvantages of metal and asphalt shingle roofing systems, give Carter Roofing & Exteriors a call today!

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