Roof Off: Metal Vs. Asphalt Roof Comparison

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 19, 2020 8:18:00 AM
Brett McCutcheon


The epic battle between metal and asphalt might not seem consequential to some, but if you are considering a roof replacement, you'll want to be ringside to see what roofing material earns the championship. These two worthy opponents have strengths and weaknesses; do you know what they are? Before you bet your roof budget on one or the other, you should take an in-depth look at these two top contenders.

In This Corner: Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Versatile and inexpensive, asphalt shingles have a lot of fans. Available in a wide range of designs and colors, asphalt shingle roofs are popular because they give people a choice and they're high performing. Cost effective, energy efficient, impact resistant, and easy to repair, asphalt roofs remain a leading roof material throughout the country. When properly installed, an asphalt roof should last for about 30 years.

In the Other Corner: Metal Roofs

Sure, this heavyweight roofing material is expensive, but did you know it can go the distance by lasting upwards of 70 years? In fact, the minimum your metal roof should last is about 40 years, a decade past what you can expect from asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are also regarded as more energy efficient than asphalt roofs. Asphalt roofs absorb the cold in winter, causing your HVAC system to work harder. In summer, they reflect the sun to keep your home cooler. It's true that metal roofs are noisier during a hailstorm than an asphalt roof, but metal requires far less upkeep and maintenance than your average asphalt roof, which makes many homeowners quite willing to overlook the noisy hail.

And the Winner Is…

In terms of durability and performance, metal is an all-star roofing material. Despite its cons--costlier price point and noise--it is the better investment all the way around. Homeowners can expect a longer-lasting roof, decreased energy costs, and fewer maintenance bills. If you're considering replacing your existing roof and not moving any time soon, you should get on board with metal.

Metal Roof Installation

If you opt for our winner and go with the heavyweight of roofs--metal--be sure to install it with the winning system that will speed up your roof's installation and ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Choose the SCRAIL® RoofLoc® system developed by BECK. Both homeowners and commercial builders trust BECK for our world-class products like our nails and fasteners as well as our tools and parts. With more than 115 years of manufacturing experience, it's no wonder customers from multiple industries trust us.

Each of our fasteners is produced with careful engineering. Don't trust your new roof investment to inferior fastening products. Our SCRAIL® system allows you to fasten metal roofing more efficiently. These fasteners simply work better. Visit our website to learn more about this dynamic and reliable roofing fastener system.

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