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Asphalt vs. Metal Roofing: Which One is Better for Your Home?
March 6, 2017

If you’re planning to replace the damaged roof of your house, one of the questions haunting you is the expenses. Depending on your needs and requirements, the costs can vary. However, besides the costs, the most important question to ask yourself is: what kind of roof should I invest in?


One of the most popular types of roofs is asphalt shingles. They are associated with the image of a traditional American house. They have been used for hundreds of years. However, with the passage of time, alternatives to asphalt roofs have also become popular.

One of these is metal roofs. Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular and in recent years have carved a market niche of their own. This is because of their lack of maintenance, durability and affordability.

The Pros of Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are known for their durability. When properly installed, a metal roof can last as long as two decades and still not wear out. Furthermore, it is resistant to fires, snow and mildew.

With metal roofs, homeowners do not need to worry about maintenance costs as these types of roofs do not need to be repaired every year or polished. Since they are resistant to heavy rains and snow, they also do not bend or break easily. Furthermore, they are built with the materials to help eliminate chances of water seeping in through the cracks.

In addition to this, metal roofs are lightweight. One tile weights 50 to 150 pounds per square.

The Pros of Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt roofs are the most popular types of roofs in the United States. They are affordable and give a nice touch to the look and structure of the house. For homeowners who do not want the headache of expensive roofs, asphalt shingles are the go-to roofs.

When installed properly, asphalt shingles are durable. They can last for years without needing repairs. There are two types: fiberglass and organic.

Organic asphalt shingles are made from paper waste. They are mixed with asphalt, ceramic and salt so that they are waterproof.

Fiberglass shingles are made from the base layer of fiberglass mat. Special coating made from minerals and fillers are applied to the mat shingles to make them waterproof.

Which One Should You Choose?

Whichever one you opt for, it depends on your requirements and the area you are residing in. Different roofs serve different purposes. Both metal and asphalt roofs are popular choices for their affordability, durability and protection against the heat and bad weather.

If you are unsure, you can consult a roofing contractor for further information and advice.

Book an appointment with us if you are looking for roofing services in New York; or, call Royal Renovators today, toll-free, at 800-423-2313 for a FREE ROOF INSPECTION & ESTIMATE.

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