Metal or Shingle, Which is Better?

by | Oct 8, 2020 | Uncategorized

Everyone is familiar with the classic asphalt shingle roof. It’s simple, cost-effective, and easily maintained; making it the most popular roofing material out there. It may be time to consider the second most popular roofing material, metal. A metal roof ensures better longevity and increased durability as compared to asphalt shingles. Below we’ll provide detail on both, the pros and the cons, to help you understand which material will work best for your commercial building.

Asphalt Shingles

The most important benefit of an asphalt shingle roof is its affordability when compared to metal. Asphalt shingles can be as much as 9x cheaper than metal roofs and that’s only considering the cost of materials. They also come in a wide variety of colors and textures to match nearly all home aesthetics. Whether your home is modern or a farmhouse style, there is an asphalt shingle colorway that will compliment it perfectly. A downside for asphalt shingles in comparison to a metal roofing system is its durability. Shingle’s shorter lifespan is their primary weakness, but that’s not to say they’re poor quality. Shingles often have a lifespan of 25-30 years depending on the region or location of the building. Asphalt shingles are easier to install and repair. Installing requires basic tools and can be done over the course of one to two days with some installs being done on top of the existing roofing materials.


Metal roofing’s standout benefit is its longevity and durability, proven to last anywhere from 20 years to 50 years. Although, this durability comes with a larger price tag due to the increased material and labor costs. These upfront costs can be worth it, as your roof will last longer and require less maintenance in the years to come. Metal has the benefit of coming in a wide variety of colors and textures that some may not realize. Rather than the typical corrugated tin that most would picture when thinking of a metal roof, more modern materials are now offered to suit a wider array of house styles and aesthetics. Metal roofs also tend to be made from recycled material, making them more eco-friendly and sustainable when compared to other roofing material choices.

In the end, it comes down to your preference and your budget. Aspen Contracting will walk you through all of the benefits and help you to understand which will be the better roofing solution in the long run. Have questions, concerns, or looking for a free inspection and estimate? Call us today at (877) 784-ROOF and experience #TheAspenDifference


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