Asphalt vs Metal Roofing

One of the most vital and important parts of your house is the roof, a roof endures the most direct weather exposure and dues its duty in protecting you and your family from the elements. Roofs block rain, wind, hail and snow. Feeling safe and protected under your own roof is very important. For that reason you not only want the roof you have over your head to look good, you want to be sure it can withstand well under harsh elements. If your roof is damaged it can end up costly in the end. Not only is your roof damaged but so is everything else in the home such as furniture, your flooring. and sometimes damage to the electrical grid. Living in Seattle you may be wondering what material would protect my home better? Asphalt or Metal. In this article we will discuss the two and decide which would be best for you.


Metal Roofing has been more popular in the past in commercial properties, up until recently that is. Metal roofing has been making its way into the residential market and leaving people glad they did it. However, if you purchase a cheap metal roof, you will get just that, cheap metal. If you play it wisely and invest in a quality metal roof, and they have some really great qualities. The lifespan of a metal roof is 100 years this is a way longer life span of an asphalt roof. Not only that but  these roofs offer superior protection against the elements. Metal roofs are a good choice overall, the only downfall will be the price of the metal is not cheap, but with good sturdy metal that is going to last that is a wise investment.


Unlike metal roofing, asphalt shingles have been the most popular for residential roofing. Asphalt is heavy to carry so the labor is harder, but it is much cheaper than a metal roof. Not only is it cheaper but you can buy different colors, shapes and sizes. Downside to saving money is the life span, asphalt shingles normally only last 50 years and they you have to replace them. Shingles do give your home more diversity when you can pick different styles in shingles, if you like to stand out and change things up a bit, asphalt shingles can do that for you. Weather elements can damage shingles, high winds are the biggest cause of damage to the shingled roof.

Which is best?

Here is what we know, Metal Roofs have not been a thing on residential homes for quite some time now, and it has rapidly picked up popularity due to the positives which are, metal roofing has longer life span than the asphalt roofing, the metal roofing also protects you from outside elements more so than the asphalt shingles. However, we had negatives to both which were that the asphalt only last 50 years and metal roofing is a way more expensive route. Ultimately, the factors that affect most buyers’ decisions are the cost and the presentation. The simple reality is that if money is no issue, metal is going to be the longer lasting and better choice. With that being said there is nothing wrong with saving money and going with the asphalt shingles, it has been around a long time, so your professional roofing company should have no issue installing wither for you and your families protection.