Asphalt or Metal: Which is the Better Roof?

The roof of your home is perhaps the most important part of the structure, possibly only coming in second place behind the foundation.  There are various roofing options that homeowners can pick from.

asphalt vs metal roof

Both asphalt and metal are good roofing materials. They are different in some distinct ways and it is important to know which type of roofing will be best for your home.

Asphalt Roofing: Pros and Cons

Asphalt roofing comes in two varieties.  The newer process includes a fiberglass shingle and the older style uses an organic shingle.  Both of these options cost much less than a metal roof and can often be installed much more easily.

Fiberglass shingles are made up of a fiberglass core that is covered with a layer of asphalt.  Organic shingles use a heavy felt that is then covered with asphalt. Fiberglass is more durable and has the added benefit of being fireproof, which is why it is fast replacing organic tiling.

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Metal Roofing: Pros and Cons

Metal roofing comes in tiles, panels or shingles.  It costs much more than an asphalt roof in pretty much every circumstance. In some instances, it will be 30-50% more expensive.  Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials such as titanium, stainless steel, zinc and copper.

Metal Roofing Pros

Metal Roofing Cons

Ultimately, the type of roofing that you select will have a lot to do with your budget, the type of exterior that your home has and the weather in your area.  A roofing professional can advise you about the best type of roof for you home and help guide your selection.