Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingles

Close-up aerial view of building attic rooms exterior on metal shingle roof, stucco walls and plastic windows.

When building a new house or replacing your roof on your existing home, deciding on which roofing material is best is an important choice. Asphalt shingles and metal roofs are among the most popular options for homeowners for their many benefits, but they are very different. 

Here’s what you need to know about metal roofing and asphalt shingles before getting your roof replaced:

What is Metal Roofing?

Metal roofing consists of large, flat sheets of metal that are molded into roofing panels and attached to your roof using an interlocking seam design. Metal roofs come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for to match your home. 

Advantages of Metal Roofing

  • Long-lasting and strong
  • Thermal insulation
  • Low maintenance
  • Customizable

Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

  • Higher cost of installation
  • Installation is longer and more difficult
  • Heavy in weight– can cause complications regarding the load-bearing capabilities of the house

What are Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material used on homes all across the United States. Asphalt shingles consist of a smooth asphalt layering over a fiberglass sheet base with a granular top surface. These shingles are layered and staggered down the roof’s slope and then nailed onto a wooden-framed roofing structure.

Advantages of Asphalt Shingles

  • The cheapest roofing option
  • Very readily available in various colors
  • Easy to work with
  • Relatively durable

Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles

  • Minimal energy-efficiency
  • Susceptible to damages from severe weather
  • Not long-lasting

For more information about metal roofing installations in Connecticut, turn to the experts at Landmark Exteriors.

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing system looks great and functions properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

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