Comparison: Asphalt Shingle vs Metal Roofing

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Do you need a complete roof replacement? Unfortunately it is a necessary part of owning a home or building. Over time roofs wear out and succumb to damage from the effects of the sun, wind, and precipitation. Having your roof replaced when it needs it is always better than waiting until there are leaks and water damage. 

When it comes to getting a new roof, two of the most commonly used roofing materials are asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Both types have their advantages, but choosing the right roofing material depends on your specific needs. 

The following categories are the key criteria to consider when choosing between shingle vs metal roofing. 


In most cases metal roofing is more durable than asphalt shingles. When it comes to weather, asphalt shingles can blow off in strong winds. They are also prone to moisture damage and are susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Metal roofing can withstand high winds and repel moisture with a coating that is applied to prevent rust. However, metal is prone to denting from falling branches and large hail. 

Energy Efficiency

Metal roofs are extremely energy efficient. They reflect the sun, which can reduce your cooling costs significantly. Asphalt shingles absorb the heat of the sun, which can reduce your heating costs in the winter, but may not be as much help during a hot summer. Metal roofing provides a solid, sturdy barrier to prevent heat loss from your home during the winter. Overall, on a year-round basis, metal roofs are more energy efficient. 

Cost of Installation

Here’s an area where asphalt shingles have an edge over metal. Asphalt is much less costly to install than metal. This is one of the reasons asphalt shingles are more commonly used than metal panels. But it is important to take the next category, life expectancy, into consideration when you consider cost. 

Life Expectancy

Asphalt shingle roofs last an average of 15-25 years depending on the quality of the shingles and installation. Metal roofs can last an average of 30-50 years and are likely to last even longer. When you pay for a metal roof, you get many more years of energy efficient performance. 

Style and Aesthetics

Asphalt shingles and metal roofs offer different styles and looks for homes and buildings. Both can be customized to match the architectural style that is already in place or provide a new look. Asphalt shingles and metal roofs come in different color options. Asphalt shingles are able to mimic other types of roofing materials like cedar shakes, tile, and slate. Metal roofs used to be reserved for barns and commercial buildings, but are now more widely used on homes due to improvements in aesthetics. 

Environmental Impact

Metal roofs are made of steel and other metals that are recyclable. And since they don’t have to be replaced as often, metal roofing is much more environmentally friendly. Asphalt shingles fill up landfills and need to be replaced more often, making them a less desirable option in terms of reducing waste. 

Ease of Maintenance and Repair

Both metal and asphalt are relatively low maintenance. Metal roofs need to be recoated occasionally to prevent rust and leaks. A coating can be applied to asphalt shingles that may help them last longer. Metal roofs are a bit more difficult to fix if they happen to get a dent, because it requires replacement of the entire panel. Asphalt shingles can be easily replaced just a few at a time. 

Not Sure Which to Choose? Ask Weatherguard Roofing

If you’re trying to decide which roofing material would be best for your home or building, ask the experts at Weatherguard Roofing. We provide both residential and commercial roofing services in Livingston, Oakland, and Wayne counties in Michigan. When it comes to comparing asphalt shingle vs metal roofing, the best option for you depends on your specific needs. We will discuss your options with you and help you make an informed decision. 

Contact us at your most convenient location to schedule a free estimate. We look forward to providing you with a solid, lasting roof.