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Metal Roofing vs. Asphalt Shingle


  • Life Span: 60+ years
  • Reflects Heat
  • Made Mostly of Recyclable Materials
  • End of Life Recyclable
  • Very Little Maintenance


  • Life Span: 18-22 years
  • Absorbs Heat
  • Better Sound Quality

Cost of Metal vs Shingles

The cost of a metal roof is twice the amount of asphalt shingles.  However, they will need to be replaced 3 times during the 60-year period a metal roof will last.  Installation will also run you more for metal as it is a more specialized job.

Life Span of Metal vs Shingles

As we mentioned, the life span for a metal roof is 60+ years and 18-22 years for asphalt shingles.  That adds up to quite a lot less maintenance for metal roofing.  There are many different styles to choose from in each variety so choose the material that will perform the best for you.

Temperature Control

A metal roof  reflects heat, but a darker coating will absorb more of the heat.  The color of the asphalt shingles will have a significant effect on the temperature of the upper levels of the building.  Here in Wisconsin, black shingles will help to melt that winter snow.  On the other turn, the snow will slide right off that metal roof.

Environmental Factors

Metal roofing is made of mostly recycled materials making them more eco-friendly than their counterpart.  Asphalt shingles need to be replaced more frequently than metal roofs.  It is estimated that U.S. landfills receive nearly 20 billion pounds of old asphalt shingles annually.

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