Is Asphalt or Metal a Better Roofing Choice?

Posted on: 6 July 2016

With so many options on the market to consider, it is normal for trying to decide what roofing material you want to install to make you feel overwhelmed. You've finally narrowed it down to metal or asphalt, but you are still plagued with which option is better. Learning more about metal and asphalt roofing may assist in helping you make the decision.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Metal

Benefits: Metal roofing is a wind- and fire-resistant material. It stands up over time and raises the value of your home. In fact, a metal roof can improve the resell value of your home by 1 to 6 percent. Metal roofs are made from recycled materials and can be recycled when they need to be replaced. As an added bonus, metal roofing is available in tons of different types of metal, including tin, steel, and copper.

Drawbacks: Metal roofs tend to be more expensive to install. It is also not uncommon for metal roofs to be extremely noisy when it rains. If the roof was not installed correctly, it can leak. Furthermore, metal roofing tends to be more expensive to repair.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Asphalt

Benefits: Asphalt shingles are a lot easier to maintain and repair than metal roofing. They also are a lot easier to install. They are made of an organic paper mixed with fiberglass. The coating is mineral granules, which make the shingles durable and protected. Asphalt shingles are also eco-friendly, as they can be recycled when you remove them. In addition to being resistant to fire, asphalt shingles are also more cost-efficient when it comes to the initial install and repair work.

Drawbacks: Unlike metal roofing, asphalt shingles are not resistant to wind. They also do not increase the value of your home as much as a metal roof can.

How Does Cost Factor In?

When you are looking at a metal roof the price is going to be between $8 and $15 for a copper or higher-end metal per square foot, around $1 to $2 per square foot for steel and other cheaper metals, and $2 to $6 per square foot for stainless and middle-quality metals. When you look at asphalt shingles' price per square, you can see you're going to pay between $80 and $100 per square, or per one hundred square feet. An asphalt roof will come out to be less expensive than a metal one. 

Both metal and asphalt roofing materials offer benefits and drawbacks. As the homeowner, only you can decide which option works best for you. For more information, consult a company such as Acoma Roofing.