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Asphalt vs. Metal Roofing

Posted on December 3, 2014 in Roofing Installation

 

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These days, a good portion of new roofing installations are made of asphalt shingles, but there are still some roofs that are made with metal. If you’re considering a new roof, you may be wondering which of the two materials would be best for your home. Our Maryland roofing company is here to help.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt shingles are by far, the most common type of roofing shingles. They’re not only low-maintenance, but they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to achieve many different looks. Some can even be made to look like other materials like slate or wood shake. Asphalt is also very easy to install and lasts 15-50 years.

Asphalt roofing pros:

  • Low-maintenance
  • Variety of styles
  • Easy to install
  • Lasts 15-50 years
  • Costs less than metal

Asphalt roofing cons:

  • Can be damaged in extreme weather
  • Heavier than metal

Metal Roofing

When you think of a metal roof, you may think of a barn or a warehouse. These days, however, metal roofs can be found on structures of all types. Unlike asphalt shingles, there are only a few different styles in which metal shingles can be made, but metal roofs tend to last between 40 and 50 years.

Metal roofing pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Not easily damaged
  • Lasts 40-50 years

Metal roofing cons:

  • Limited styles
  • Costs 2x – 4x more than asphalt

No matter which roofing material you choose, you need to make sure it’s installed correctly. Call the experts at our Maryland roofing company. We can help.

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