Metal roofs are not just for farmhouses anymore. You may have noticed that more and more metal roofs are appearing in the area. But why? And what are the differences between metal roofs and asphalt shingles?

Both metal and asphalt roofs come in a variety of colors and styles.

Metal Roofs

Pros:

  • Light weight
  • Reflects sunlight, keeping the house cooler in the summer and saving on energy bills
  • Snow and rain tend to “slide off”
  • Resistant to mold, insects, mildew, rot, etc.
  • Durable
  • Wind resistant
  • Most are fire resistant
  • Some insurance companies offer rate reductions for metal roofs

Cons:

  • Cost! Metal roofs are typically at least two times more expensive than traditional asphalt shingled roofs
  • Some types are susceptible to dents from hail, tree branches, etc.
  • Takes longer to install (typically 2-3 times longer)
  • Can be noisy–insulation is a must
  • Reflects sunlight: while this is great in the summer, it can make it colder in the winter
  • Can be difficult to walk on the roof, and walking can cause wear.
  • Can be expensive to repair.  Color match might also be an issue if you need to repair or expand your roof in the future (think additions)

Asphalt Shingles

Pros: 

  • Absorbs sunlight, keeping house warmer in the winter and saving on heating costs
  • Reliable
  • Easier to install, repair, and maintain
  • Better soundproofing
  • Less expensive than metal roofs

Cons: 

  • Less durable than metal
  • Without proper maintenance, can result in mold, mildew, algae growth, etc
  • More susceptible to the elements: snow and wind especially can cause damage to shingles
  • Absorbs sunlight: while this is great in the winter, it can make it hotter in the summer

Both metal and asphalt shingled roofs can be great options for your home. Much depends on your needs, preferences, and budget.

If you are considering a new roof, contact us today at 585-400-7663 or office@400roof.com. We can help you evaluate your roof, and talk though your options.