Asphalt Shingles vs Metal Roofing

Asphalt Shingles vs Metal Roofing? What’s best choice for Michigan Homeowners

Thinking about the roof replacement? Choosing a material for your roof might be difficult sometimes due to the large availability of roofing shingles. Selecting the right kind of material based on aesthetics alone, read up the differences between 2 popular types of shingles to make sure you have selected wisely. Most common types/kinds of roofing shingles are:


Asphalt Roofing Shingles:

Best known for:  Houses in the Northwest and Northeast.

Pros of having asphalt shingles: They cost comparatively less than other shingles (pocket friendly), Asphalt shingles are light in weight, they also have a wide range of thickness, and a wide-ranging variety of colours are also available when it comes to asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles lifespan is 15 to 30+ years.

Cons of having asphalt: Shortest lifespan, vulnerability to temperature fluctuations.

Asphalt shingles are made of asphalt reinforced by fiberglass or organic materials like wood or cellulose. They come in a single layered three-tab variety. Asphalt shingles cost you around $90 per square, which does not include any additional insulation, underlayment or labour not only this but asphalt shingles are waterproof which means chances of any leakage are close to none. They can bear the snow weight and are also fireproof . Fortunately, the asphalt shingle roofing repairment is easy, owners can easily lift up the shingle and replace them individually or simply re-adhere the blown off shingles by adding the cement below and above the shingle.

Read More: Why are Asphalt Shingles the Most Cost Efficient Roofing Systems?

Metal Roofing Shingles:

Best known for: Houses in Northwest and Southeast.

Pros of having metal roofing shingles: Longer lifespan than asphalt shingles, they reflect sunlight, they are the lightest in weight in all types of shingles.

Cons of having metal roofing shingles: Higher in cost than asphalt shingles.

Metal shingles consist of aluminium, steel, copper. Metal shingles are known to be the most energy-efficient of all shingles due to their ability of reflecting sunlight rather than absorbing the warm sun rays therefore the cooling costs are lower. They are durable and their lifespan is somewhat lay around 50 to 75 years which is a mega plus point and one time investment. Metal shingles are known to be the best choice because of their resistance to fire, heat rain, rot, and hail. With all the cons metal roof shingles comes with cons as well, by having the metal shingle roof hail can dent the metal shingles, you may get irritated by the metal shingle sound when its rain or hailstorm occurs unless you have installed the additional layers of solid sheathing or insulation beneath these shingles for an additional cost. Metal shingles cost around $265 to $375 per square which is huge as compared to asphalt roofing shingles. Moreover, you can save your money by using metal shingles to reroof by installing them directly over the old one and hence you save the additional tearing cost. Their repairing and replacement are DIY friendly due to their light weight and they can be secured just by the screws.

However, both the types are good in their own way. You can choose the asphalt roofing shingles when you have a lower budget. Also, if you don’t have any budget issues then you can choose the metal one. Depends on your preference and budget. 

You won’t have to worry if your roof is up to code – we guarantee it will be or your money will be refunded. We only use GAF, CertainTeed roofing materials, products, and techniques on all of our roofing projects in Rockwood, Michigan, so don’t hesitate to call us at 734-548-9919 to arrange for your free roof inspection.