If you are considering a roof replacement, you may be wondering about the best materials for your house. Which is better, asphalt shingles or metal roofing? There are plenty of opinions on both, but let’s cover the facts. The answer may surprise you.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are popular in many areas of the United States, and particularly in the Michigan area. Asphalt shingles are consistently used on houses due to several factors. Asphalt is known to be more economical in both labor and material costs. The time for installation of asphalt shingles tends to be a few days and usually lasts about 20 years.

Weather damage can occur with an asphalt shingle roof, especially in storms. Periodic inspection is recommended to see if any areas need to be repaired. Asphalt repairs are usually quick, since just a small area may need to be replaced or adjusted.

Another reason a roof with asphalt shingles is so popular in Michigan is the warmth factor of the materials. Asphalt is known to keep heat in and keep houses warm in the winter. The reduction in heating bills and the comfort level of your home makes asphalt even more economical in the long term. (Read our blog about why you should keep it well-insulated as well!)

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials. Copper, zinc, aluminum, and steel are the most widely used metals in covering houses. All these materials are known for their durability, with 2-5 times longer life span than asphalt, up to 100 years. Metal roofing is typically twice the cost of asphalt shingles in both labor and materials. Metal roofing is also subject to increased heating costs, especially when laid over an existing asphalt roof that isn’t allowed to naturally breathe.

Depending on the metal used, the roof may be able to expand and contract naturally. However, weather damage can still occur for some metals, especially during storms with hail or falling trees. Rust is also an issue for some metal roofs.

While some may like the look of metal roofing, your neighborhood (and your HOA) may not agree. It’s best to match surrounding houses if you can, to keep fair market value in place.

Lake Orion Roofing Chooses the Best

One final comparison of asphalt shingles and metal roofing involves the rare event of a fire in your home. Both are rated for strong fire resistance, especially metal. However, in a fire emergency, asphalt shingles help a firefighter more. If a fire breaks out in a home that has asphalt shingles, the firefighter will try to combat the fire, making a hole in the roof to spray water in. Metal roofing doesn’t allow the firefighter to use the hose through the roof, and may hinder efforts to control and eliminate flames.

While metal roofing may have an advantage for durability, asphalt shingles have great value and work well for keeping Northern homes warm. Both are subject to weather damage but replacing asphalt shingles is an easy repair. Asphalt shingles may also prove more efficient in a fire emergency.

When you’re replacing your roof, you want the best materials for the job. At Lake Orion Roofing, we use the best quality asphalt shingles and install them properly. If you’d like to find out more about the materials we use, contact us or give us a call at 248-393-0055 and we’ll be happy to give you information on how we can provide the best roof for your home.