Metal Roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles: What’s the Difference?

Which is a better choice for your home: an asphalt or metal roof? In this blog, you’ll learn the differences between asphalt and metal roofs so you can make an informed selection.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs with exposed fasteners are manufactured using the most common metal roofing materials, such as sheet steel and aluminum. Commercial applications frequently utilize concealed fastenings known as standing seam. Standing seam is superior in terms of appearance and durability and as such, costlier than the other style.

A metal roof comprises a fortified water barrier substrate and then a layer of metal strips, which are fastened with small clips. These clips, or fasteners, can allow the metal components of the roof to shift more freely, ensuring the metal can expand and contract with long exposure to sunlight while preventing any damage to the fasteners or the roof itself.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have a fiberglass core which is then layered with asphalt and finally ceramic granules. These shingles deliver a more affordable roofing option for homeowners, while securing a home robust protection against the elements from anywhere between 15 to 30 years. There are two primary kinds of asphalt shingles: three-tab which are less expensive, single layer shingles, as well as architectural shingles. Three-tab shingles are manufactured in single pieces that appear as three individual shingles and are thinner making them less durable. Architectural shingles have an additional layer of asphalt on them, helping to provide a 3D effect and increasing their lifespan.

Asphalt shingles of any kind are a fantastic option if installed properly. They come in a variety of colors and are supported by underlayment protections for a durable, cost effective and rejuvenated total roofing system.

One crucial aspect of installing asphalt shingles is that the nailing, which fastens the shingles, is done appropriately. Nails are installed in the shingle nailing region, which is where the shingle is widest. Each row of shingles overlaps the row below it, helping to stop wind-driven rain from penetrating under the shingles and through nailing holes.

TopLine Home Improvement offers free, no-obligation quotes on roofing with an always honest and thorough inspection. Our clean and seamless install process will give you the strong and beautiful new roof you’ve always wanted without any worry. Contact us today for a free estimate and let us work with you to ensure the best roofing solution for your home.

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