Metal vs. Asphalt Shingles: What’s Right for You?

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Is it time to replace your roof because it’s old or do you just want to change the style? Are you torn between metal roofing and asphalt shingles? The type of roofing material you choose will affect your home’s aesthetic, value, replacement cost, utility cost, installation cost, and maintenance cost.

Although both metal roofs and shingle asphalts are great options for home roofing, each has its advantages and disadvantages. This article looks at what both types of roofs are, their pros, and their cons to help you make the choice that suits you during a roof replacement.


What is Metal Roofing?

Metal roofing is corrugated metal or flat seamed sheets folded longitudinally into different patterns. Metal roofing systems can be standing-seam or screw-down panels. Standing seam metal roofs are made of a series of metal panels locked together or seamed mechanically, allowing the metal panels to expand and contract freely as temperature changes. Screw-down panels are screwed through metal panels with the allowance to expand or contract.

At Rolox Home Services, we provide high-quality stone-coated steel metal roofs built to last up to five times longer than typical metal roofs with up to a 50-year warranty.


What are Asphalt Shingles Roofs?

Asphalt shingles are most of the typical roofs most of us are used to in Wichita and the Kansas City Metro area. These roofs can be 3-tab, dimensional, or luxury. We at Rolox Home Services provide our customers with high-quality, warp-resistant, and flexible asphalt shingle roofing that guarantees a positive return on your investment.


Metal Roofing Vs. Asphalt Shingle Roof: Pros and Cons

While each roofing material can favor you depending on your preference and budget, each comes with its pros and cons for various factors, including the


  • Buying, installation, and replacement costs
  • Durability
  • Maintenance and inspection costs
  • Energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, and
  • ROI and home resale value.

Let’s get into it!


1.      Buying, Installation, and Replacement Costs

Budget is a major consideration when replacing a roof in the Wichita and Kansas City Metro area. Asphalt shingles roofs tend to be cheaper, than metal roofing.

Installation and replacement costs for metal roofing are also higher than for asphalt shingles since they require more skill and labor.


2.      Durability

Metal roofs are durable, lasting up to 40-70 years, depending on material and weather conditions. The lifespan is expected to go up with new improvements.

On the other hand, shingles deteriorate faster, with a 40-50 years lifespan with the right maintenance.  Harsh weather conditions like hail and wind can shorten this lifespan.


3.      Maintenance and Inspection Costs

Roofs require periodic checking for any damage, especially on areas susceptible to damage. Roof inspection and maintenance can be done annually, biannually, or quarterly, depending on the type and an area’s weather conditions.

Asphalt shingles roofs require regular maintenance and annual inspection by a professional since they’re vulnerable to slipping, disintegration, and corrosion. Metal roofs virtually require no maintenance and inspection –you can maintain, inspect, and repair a metal roof yourself, provided it was correctly installed by a professional.


4.      Energy Efficiency and Eco-Friendliness

Provided they’re installed correctly, metal roofs are incredibly efficient, especially in reducing energy consumption and air conditioning requirements during summer. Additionally, metal roofs are more eco-friendly than asphalt ones since they are primarily made of recycled and recyclable materials.

Though asphalt shingles absorb heat and warm the home during winter, they’re a petroleum-based product with non-recyclable materials containing chemicals, making asphalts bad for the environment. Asphalt roofs also have more snow and precipitation accumulation issues than their metal counterparts.


5.      ROI and Home Resale Value

Replacing the roof boosts your home’s value at a 68.4 percent ROI. Homeowners with metal roofs enjoy slightly higher resale values for their homes than those with asphalt roofs due to their popularity, longevity, and low maintenance costs.


Whether Shingle Asphalts or Metal Roofing, We’ve Got You

You can opt for a metal or shingle asphalt roof depending on the above factors. Once you’ve settled on one, it’s important to get your roof replacement from a reliable company.


At Rolox Home Services, we endeavor to provide quality affordable asphalt shingles roofs and metal roofing at competent prices. Our services in Wichita and the Kansas City Metro area are second-to-none. We also have lucrative financing options to get your roof replacement project underway without much hassle.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for an in-home consultation or to request a free quote.


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