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Asphalt Shingles vs. Metal Roofing: Which is Best For Your Home?

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If you're in the market for a new roof, you may be wondering which material is best: asphalt shingles or metal roofing? Both have their pros and cons, so it can be difficult to decide. In this blog post, we will compare and contrast asphalt shingles and metal roofing, so that you can make an informed decision about which material is best for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States. They are made of asphalt, fiberglass, and mineral granules, and they come in a variety of colors.


  • The most affordable roofing material
  • Easy to tear down during roof replacement
  • Durable, attractive, and relatively easy to install
  • Resistant to fire, wind, and water damage
  • They can be recycled when they’re finally replaced
  • Come in a variety of colors and styles to suit any home’s architecture


  • Susceptible to wind damage because they are lightweight
  • Susceptible to mildew growth
  • Excess heat and moisture can shorten the lifespan
  • Don’t last as long as other roofing choices


Top-of-the-line asphalt shingles can cost as much as $5 per square foot, while lower-end shingles may only cost $2 per square foot.

Change to: Low-end shingles are typically the cheapest option when replacing your roof, but high-end designer shingles can cost up to and even more than a metal roof.  

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has become a popular choice for both commercial and residential properties in recent years.

Metal roofs are made of metal, often steel or aluminum, and they come in a variety of colors.


  • Metal roofs come with a number of advantages, including durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance.
  • Metal roofs are designed to last for decades, and they can withstand high winds and heavy snowfalls.
  • Metal roofs reflect heat, keeping homes cooler in the summer months. This can lead to lower energy bills and a more comfortable indoor environment.
  • Metal roofs also require little upkeep, as they are not prone to mold or rot like other materials.
  • Lasts 2-3x longer than a traditional shingle roof


  • Although metal roofing is very durable, it is also susceptible to denting. 
  • Metal roofing is more expensive than other types of roofing materials.
  • Metal roofs can be noisy during rainstorms which can be disruptive


You'll pay more for a metal roof than most other material options, and the pay-off is a great-looking, high-performing roof that likely won't require repairs or replacement for 50 years or more.

Asphalt Shingle and Metal Roofing Experts

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States, and for good reason: they're affordable, attractive, and easy to install. However, metal roofing has a number of advantages over asphalt shingles, including durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance.

No matter which material you pick, you'll want to make sure to select a high-quality roofing company to handle the installation.

The experts at Pickard Roofing have over 90 years of experience in roofing installation and repair, so you can be sure your home is in good hands. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.