When it comes to roofing materials, some offer more durability and curb appeal than the others. For the homeowners who are having a tough time deciding which roofing material is right for their home, our team has put together a guide discussing the pros & cons of each material, and which one you should be using for your home’s exterior! Keep reading below for more information about the benefits, drawbacks, and differences between metal roofing & asphalt shingles.
To begin, let’s discuss the pricing of the two materials. While asphalt shingles are known for their economical price point, are they less expensive to install than metal roofing? It turns out that both materials are relatively comparable when it comes to pricing. There are asphalt shingles that tend to get a bit more expensive than metal roofing, if you opt for architectural shingles, but overall, they are priced comparably and neither option stands out as the less expensive choice.
Next, let’s discuss the aesthetic differences between the two options! Part of the reason asphalt shingles have enjoyed such a long run of popularity is due to their aesthetic. They have become synonymous with North American homes, and many homeowners prefer their design to other roofing options. They are also available in an enormous array of color & style options, as the widespread manufacturing of asphalt shingles led to an expansion of design options.
However, for those who are concerned that metal roofing isn’t as aesthetically appealing, it is available in a wide array of styles that can complement any home! Both options are aesthetically pleasing in their own right, but our team gives a slight nod to asphalt shingles for their wide variety of style options.
When it comes to which option is more energy-efficient, both options have their benefits. Asphalt shingles are good for the winter because they tend to absorb the sun’s energy and help heat the home slightly. However, metal roofing can do the same if homeowners choose to install a darker, heat-absorbing hue on their roof.
However, where metal roofing pulls away as the more energy-efficient option is during the summertime. In the summer, metal roofing is far more reflective than asphalt shingles, and metal roofing can significantly lower your utility bills, particularly in a sunny climate or with little foliage around the home to interrupt the sunlight.
At the end of the day, both options are fantastic choices for anyone in need of a roof replacement! If you’re interested in installing either roofing option on your home this fall, our team at Oceanside Exteriors is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today for more information about our services! We can be contacted over the phone at 207-310-7659 or through our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs!