Asphalt Versus Metal Roofs

The roof is one of the most important aspects of the exterior of your home, and there are several factors to consider when replacing your roof, one being the material. Asphalt and metal are the most common roof choices among homeowners, but what is really the difference?

Asphalt roofs are installed with architectural shingles, while metal roofs use metal panels. They differ in appearance, cost, durability, and other factors. We’ve laid out the major differences between asphalt and metal roofs to help you make the crucial decision for your own roof.


One of the biggest factors in deciding between an asphalt or metal roof is the cost difference.  Metal roofing material is more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. Metal roof installation can cost as much as three times more than an asphalt roof. Asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive, may need more repair and maintenance over the years.


Asphalt roofs are more susceptible to damage such as hail, wind, and other extreme weather. Manufacturers often offer 20 to 30-year warranties. In contrast, metal roofs are less susceptible to damage and often come with 50-year warranties. As a result, an asphalt roof is not as durable and may cost you more in repairs over the years.


Asphalt and metal roofs differ much in appearance. Asphalt shingles are more common on residential homes and will generally blend in better in a residential neighborhood and are available in several neutral colors. Metal roofs are commonly used on commercial buildings and may stand out in a residential neighborhood. They also come in a wide variety of colors.


Metal roofs reflect the light, making them effective in keeping your home cool during the warmer months. Asphalt roofs, particularly those with darker shingles, absorb heat from the sun and can increase your home’s temperature during the summer. However, asphalt roofs are effective in trapping the heat inside in winter.

Asphalt and metal roofs both have their pros and cons, and it’s impossible to say definitively which is better. By weighing the factors we’ve laid out, we hope you’ll be able to decide which is the best for you!

For more help on siding, roofing and more, please feel free to contact us for a FREE estimate. You can also visit our office on Leesville Rd. in Lynchburg, VA where we have many samples of roofing, siding and beyond.

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