Sheets vs Shingles: What to consider when deciding on asphalt or metal roofing

Asphalt shingles and metal roofing are two popular choices for residential roofing. As one of the Northwest experts on roofing systems we have a comprehensive guide on the right roof for you taking into account the lifetime, pricing, environmental impacts, renewable energy, and aesthetics of your new investment:

When considering a new roof there's more than the upfront costs to think about.

Lifetime: Asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of 20-30 years, depending on factors like climate, maintenance, and installation quality. In contrast, metal roofing can last for 50-70 years or more, making it a much more durable option in the long run.

Pricing:Asphalt shingles are generally less expensive upfront, with an average cost of $1.50-$5 per square foot, including installation. On the other hand, metal roofing is typically more expensive, with an average cost of $5-$12 per square foot, including installation. However, metal roofing can be more cost-effective in the long run, as it requires less maintenance and has a longer lifespan. We guarantee the roofs lifespan with competitive warranty's and maintenance programs.

Renewables: Solar panels can be mounted directly onto metal roofs, as metal roofing can handle the weight and structural demands of the solar panel system. Compare this to asphalt roofing, which usually requires mounting or flashing. This means that homeowners and building owners who choose to install metal roofing can also easily incorporate solar energy into their system without needing to make any additional structural changes to the roof. Besides being a strong base for solar panels, metal roofing can also enhance the energy efficiency of a building by reflecting heat and reducing cooling costs. This can result in a lower overall energy consumption and can make it easier to achieve net-zero or low-energy building standards.

Environmental impact: Asphalt shingles are recyclable, but they are not considered renewable. Asphalt shingles are made from a mixture of asphalt, fiberglass or organic materials, and minerals such as limestone and ceramic. These materials are not renewable, as they are derived from non-renewable resources such as petroleum. Metal on the other hand is a renewable element. Metal roofs are often made from recycled materials, such as steel or aluminum, which can be reused and recycled again at the end of their lifespan. This makes metal roofing a sustainable option for those who prioritize environmentally friendly materials.

Aesthetics: Asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colors and styles, making it easy to find a look that complements your home's design. However, over time, the shingles can fade and become discolored. Metal roofing, on the other hand, offers a sleek, modern look and is available in a variety of colors and finishes. Some people prefer the aesthetic of metal roofing over asphalt shingles.

Overall, metal roofing has a longer lifespan and requires less maintenance than asphalt shingles, but it is more expensive upfront. Solar panels can be attached to both but more easily to the metal roof and metal roofing is considered both recyclable and renewable. Additionally, metal roofing can offer a unique aesthetic appeal that some people prefer. However, the choice ultimately depends on individual preferences, budget, and the specific needs of the building or home.

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