Comparing Metal Roofing to Asphalt Shingles

Making an informed decision about what type of roofing material to go with has never been easier for the homeowner. Depending on the type of job, and what kind of weather the roof will be exposed to, there are numerous online resources available to guide someone in the right direction. For most people considering a complete replacement, or just a re-capping of their old roof, the choice usually comes down to using either traditional asphalt or modern metal roofing. Each type of roofing material has it’s own unique set of attributes and demerits.

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Gone are the days of suppliers only having barn-style “tin” roofing panels available to prospective customers. While not totally faultless, today’s modern metal roofing can be an excellent alternative to standard roofing materials.


1. Durability
A properly installed metal roof will last as long as the life of the house – typically 40 to 70 years compared to asphalt roofing which last only 12 to 20 years. Metal is very resilient, and some designs can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 mph.

2. Energy Saving:
Metal painted in lighter colors will reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs up to 25%. Conversely, those that live with snowy/icy winters can choose darker colored panel for better melting properties to avoid ice damming.

3. Eco-Friendly
Since asphalt roofing is made from a petroleum product, it can’t easily be recycled like metal. Metal roofs are ideally suited for environmentally-active homeowners to mount solar panels or catch rainwater. 

4. Lightning Arrester:
Contrary to popular belief, a metal roof is not an attractant to lightning strikes, and will actually act as a giant Faraday Cage to dissipate atmospheric electrical charges more efficiently than just a single-point lightning rod mounted on the roof.


1. Expense:
Given the measure of durability, and the cost of installation, metal roofs are considerable more costly than asphalt ones. However, if you plan on keeping your house for many years, the initial cost will more than pay for itself, as this will probably be the last roof your home will ever need.

2. Dent-prone:
Depending on the type of metal chosen, some roofs, such as those made of aluminum or copper, will damage easier than others – sometimes even by walking on them if the panels are super light-weight. If you live in a stormy area, steel construction is your better choice.

Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

Good-old reliable asphalt roof shingles have many years of solid performance history and a tradition behind it, but is not without some major shortcomings.


1. Familiarity:
Builders know and trust the product due to over 100 years of use in the industry. An added bonus is most homeowners are very familiar and comfortable with asphalt roofing. 

2. Affordable:
Asphalt materials are cost effective and economical for the first-time homeowner, or someone on a budget. This type of roof is quite simple for an experienced crew to install, and since no special tools are needed, there are no added expenses.


1. Weather Damage:
The number one weather event that can destroy a perfectly good asphalt roof is large hail and/or gale-force winds. Other than a few fixable dents, this is usually not an issue with metal. 

2. Longevity:
Asphalt roofing doesn’t have a particularly long life, and can be quickly shortened by lack of adequate ventilation under the roof, and by allowing algae/moss to grow on the surface, thus weakening the shingles.

3. Not Eco-Friendly:
Recycling of asphalt roofing is almost non-existent at this time, but there are some manufacturers exploring ways to turn old shingles into new roofing materials or road pavement.

Helping You Decide!

Even after you have carefully weighed the pluses and minuses of each roofing type, and ultimately decided which material you prefer, the wise homeowner would be well advised to go a little further, and seek the advise of experts in the field.

At Capital Roofing LLC, we are able to take care of all your roofing needs. Whether you require a new roof or are looking to upgrade your current one, call us now or fill out our online application on the top-right side of this page or at to make sure you are prepared for the winter season today! 

We can also be reached at 866-784-5300 or 203-239-7000. One of our expert staff will be happy to provide information on what kind of roof would best work for your situation.