If you're planning to build a new custom home, you'll have many decisions to make when it comes to the design of the home and the type of siding and roofing to put on it. You have a few choices in residential roofing, and asphalt shingles and metal roofing are among the two most popular options. Here's a look at how these two roofing materials compare.
Cost Of Materials And Installation
Asphalt and metal roofs are both affordable options when compared to materials such as tile and slate. Metal roofing and its installation cost are generally more expensive initially than asphalt materials and installation. However, over the life of your home, an asphalt roof will be more expensive since it needs to be replaced more often. Also, there are various grades of each type of roofing. If your construction budget is tight, then the economical three-tab shingle is the best option since it is the most affordable. However, if you want higher quality roofing material, or one that has interesting visual appeal such as the architectural asphalt shingle, then you may pay more for an asphalt roof than you would for a basic metal roof. Metal roofs also cover a wide price range that causes the cost to overlap with the cost of asphalt shingles. Copper roofing is at the high end and the most expensive metal roofing option.
Durability Of Roofing Materials
Metal roofing provides some natural protection from fire when an ember lands on the roof. However, asphalt shingles are treated to be fire resistant and the better quality shingles offer fire protection to your home as well. Overall, metal is naturally more durable than asphalt shingles. It's more difficult for insects and pests to hurt a metal roof. Water won't harm it and while hail may disfigure it, the dents won't cause the roofing material to deteriorate. Asphalt shingles are vulnerable to hail damage. The strong strikes from hail bruise the shingles, which can lead to leaking and a shorter lifespan for the roof. Also, it is easier for an animal such as a rat or raccoon to tear up a shingle roof to get inside your attic. Metal roofing is so durable that it can last for several decades or even for the life of a home. Asphalt roofs deteriorate much quicker due to exposure to the sun and weather.
Appearance Of The Roof
Both asphalt and metal roofs have an attractive appearance. You can choose traditional shingles or a standing seam metal roof for a classic appearance. You could also choose an architectural shingle with a dimensional appearance for added beauty. Asphalt shingles also come in different shapes and colors so you have a variety of choices when selecting the roofing material. Metal roofing also has different styles available. Besides standing seam roofing, you can choose shingles in shapes that resemble shakes and tile. Metal roofing comes in many colors which allows you to perfectly complement your home.
The choice between asphalt and metal roofing can be difficult to make since each type has its advantages. The price might be a deciding factor or you may just prefer the look of one over the other. Before you decide, talk to a roofer or your builder for an expert's opinion on which material is best for your local climate and neighborhood.