Metal Roofing vs Asphalt shingle roofing

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Metal roofing is long-lasting, good at keeping a home cool, holds up well in most weather conditions, and is environmentally friendly; its downside is that it costs more upfront to buy materials.

Asphalt shingles offer better soundproofing and are initially more affordable, but they do not last as long as metal roofing, especially in extreme weather conditions, and therefore may cost more in repairs over time.

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Asphalt shingle versus Metal roof comparison chart
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CostLow upfront cost, high long-term cost as repairs and replacements will be needed. Materials are inexpensive, labor required for installation less so.High upfront cost, low long-term cost. Some federal “energy saver” rebates exist.
DurabilitySomewhat durable, with asphalt-fiberglass shingles more durable than organic-asphalt shingles. Usually lasts 15-30 years and professionally installed asphalt shingles are backed by 20- to 25-year warranties.Very durable. Often backed by 50-year to lifetime warranties.
Heating/CoolingGood at keeping in heat during in winter, but one of the worst types of roofing for keeping cool during summer.Adequate at keeping a home warm during winter, and one of the best types of roofing to keep a home cool during summer.
Fire ResistanceAsphalt-fiberglass shingles are very fire resistant. Organic-asphalt shingles are not fire resistant.Some metals more fire resistant than others. Copper and steel are good, aluminium less so.
SoundproofingGood.Good with proper insulation.
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