Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States. Around 80% of the homes have an asphalt shingle roof. However, in the last few years, metal roofs have also become quite popular among homeowners. Asphalt shingle roofs are popular due to their low costs and metal roofs for their durability.

If you are building a new home or planning to replace your existing roof, and weighing the two options, we will help you make the choice. Here is a quick guide on asphalt shingle and metal roofs.

Asphalt shingles roof

Asphalt shingles are composed of a felt paper or fiberglass base coated with a waterproof layer of asphalt and topped with ceramic granules. In recent times, fiberglass has been the more popular choice because it is lighter, less expensive, sturdier and lends additional fire protection. They are manufactured as sheets, rolls or stacks, which are nailed onto wooden frames during installation.

Metal roof

Metal roofs are manufactured from different types of metals such as aluminum, steel, copper or zinc. The most popular material is steel.

Advantages of a metal roof


The biggest difference between asphalt shingles and metal roofing is the durability. Metal roosing can last at least 50 years or more depending on the metal used.

Weather resistance

Compared to all other roofing materials, metal roofing is the sturdiest and can efficiently withstand extreme weather conditions such as high heat, snow, strong winds, rain, hail, and very low temperatures.

Light weight

Metal roofing is light weight material so it is easier to carry and install it without affecting the roof’s structure or causing frame damage.

Energy efficiency

Metal roofs are energy efficient because they can reflect sunlight away from your home and lower indoor air temperature during summers. In winters, they can retain heat and keep you warm.


Most metal roofs are made from recycled material and can be recycled again. The leftover or damaged pieces can be recycled for future use.

Low maintenance

If installed properly, metal roofs require minimal maintenance.

Disadvantages of a metal roof

High upfront costs

The one-time cost of metal roofing is more compared to asphalt shingle roofing. Not only is the material cost higher, the labor cost is also higher.

Difficult to repair and replace

Metal roofing is more complicated to repair or replace because full-length panels are connected. In case of asphalt shingle roofs, only damaged shingles can be replaced easily.

Advantages of asphalt shingle roof

Less expensive

Asphalt shingle roofs cost much lower compared to metal roofs. The material costs as well as the installation cost is low.

Easier to install and replace

Asphalt shingles require less labor and time to install, repair and replace. Shingles come pre-packaged and ready to be nailed to the deck. Shingles are also cheaper to repair in case failure occurs. Asphalt shingles can be removed one at a time and can be fixed using fewer materials.

Large contractor pool

You will not find too many contractors that can install metal roofs, but you can easily find a contractor to install a standard asphalt shingles roof.

Disadvantages of asphalt shingle roof


Asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan compared to metal roofing. Heavy rain, hail, and wind can cause damage to your asphalt shingles over time. They also require more frequent maintenance compared to metal panels.

Environmental impact

Asphalt shingles cannot be recycled and have a shorter lifespan. So, they are unsafe for the environment.

Honestly speaking, both are great options and it all depends on your individual preferences and needs. Get in touch with our team and they will help you make the right roofing decision.