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One of the most commonly asked questions by a roofing company is which one is better to install: an asphalt roof or a metal roof. So in this article, I’m going to explain to you the difference between metal roofing and asphalt shingles. So that you can make the right decision for yourself and figure out what’s best for you and your home.

Metal Roofing

There are two common types of metal roofs ribbed with exposed fasteners, called RV or AG panels. Also, another type with hidden fasteners is called standing seam, which is also used in commercial applications pretty commonly. Of these two types, the standing seam is far superior and far more expensive. Sometimes, double or triple the cost.

It attaches to the roof with thin clips that are covered by the next row of metal. Additionally, these clips allow the pieces of metal to slide freely a small amount. On the other hand, this allows the metal to expand and contract with heat without damaging the fastener or the roof. Screw-down metals do not have this play in the fasteners, and the pressures of expansion and contraction against them can work the screws out or break them.

Asphalt Shingles

For shingles There are two common types of shingles as well; there’s a three-tab shingle, which is a less expensive single layer in a more traditional-looking shingle, and then there are architectural shingles. They have a double layer to give them a 3D effect, but they don’t have any tabs. They’re one solid piece. Shingles are a great option. Unless you live in a very high wind zone, they cost roughly one-third less than metal with exposed fasteners. If they’re installed correctly, they can give you a great-performing roof.

The most important thing about installing them correctly is that the nails are not overdriven. However, they are installed in the nailing area of the shingle where it is the thickest. Also, it overlaps the previous row of shingles. I highly recommend Atlas Pinnacle shingles because they have an extra-wide nailing area, so it’s easier to hit.

Shingles do not work well on low-pitched roofs because wind-driven rain can actually blow up under the shingles and get down through the nail holes. You can use shingles on a low pitch. But again, you would want to use an ice and water shield underneath the shingles, and this would seal up the penetrations of the nails. Also, I recommend that you use ice and water shields around the eaves of the overhang on shingles because water that comes down your roof melting can refreeze on your overhangs and create a dam that would cause water to pond. Once again, the water would back up under the shingles and get under your roof.


In conclusion, the average cost of a metal roof is around $12,000 to $20,000. whereas the average cost of shingles is around $6,500 to $9,500.

Thanks for reading this article. I hope it’s helped you decide between metal roofing or shingles and their different kinds. Call or visit us at 118-35 Queens Blvd Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 414-6067.

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